Sri Lanka apologises for releasing US-based activist's photo as one of the ISIS suspects'

Falsely identified as one of the Sri Lanka blasts suspects, a woman took to Twitter to clarify she was not involved in the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks.

Sri Lankan police on Thursday released photos of suspects involved in the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks.

Among the pictures of suspects was a photo of Amara Majeed. Amara Majeed is a US-based activist.

Upon learning her photo was released by Sri Lankan police as one of the suspects, she took to Twitter to clarify that she was not involved in the attacks.

Amara Majeed wrote on Twitter, "Hello everyone! I have this morning been FALSELY identified by the Sri Lankan government as one of the ISIS terrorists that have committed the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka. What a thing to wake up to!"

 

"This is obviously completely false and frankly, considering that our communities are already greatly afflicted with issues of surveillance, I don't need more false accusations and scrutiny," Amara Majeed said.

 

"Please stop implicating and associating me with these horrific attacks. And next time, be more diligent about releasing such information that has the potential to deeply violate someone's family and community," Amara Majeed added on Twitter.

Later, Sri Lankan police department apologised for releasing the wrong photo.

Sri Lankan police clarified that the CID has confirmed that the picture released in suspects' list, purporting to show Fathima Qadiya, is incorrect.

Sri Lankan police, earlier in the day, released photos of suspects involved in the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks.

The suicide bomb attacks on three churches and four hotels exposed a significant intelligence failure, with warnings of strikes not acted on and accusations of feuds at the highest levels of government undermining security cooperation.

Police issued names and photographs of seven people, three of them women, wanted in connection with the attacks, as bomb scares and security sweeps kept the country on edge.

"We were working on that. All those agencies were working on that," Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando told Reuters, referring to intelligence tips from India warning of imminent strikes that came in over the days before the blasts.

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