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Myanmar apprehends Sri Lankan with possible links to Easter attacks

A scanned copy of Mohmood’s passport. Image credit: The Irrawaddy

A 39-year-old Sri Lankan national suspected to be linked to the terror group that carried out the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka was arrested in Yangon by Myanmar police yesterday for an alleged visa violation.

According to Myanmar media reports, the suspect Abdul Salam Irshad Mohmood had arrived in Yangon on a tourist visa in January 2018.

On Wednesday, the Myanmar Tourist Police had asked the country’s Hotel and Tourism Department to report if Mohmood, had registered at hotels or guesthouses in the country, reported The Irrawaddy.

According to the notice issued to Myanmar’s tourist department, the suspect had not departed from Yangon International Airport yet and had overstayed his tourist visa for one year and two months.

Mohmood was reportedly taken into custody at Myanmar’s Immigration and Emigration Department where he had attempted to renew his visa.

The suspect was subsequently handed over to the country’s Special Investigations Unit.