Churches bombings in Sri Lanka retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings
300 people were killed in the blasts in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka and more than 500 were injured on Easter Sunday. These are the latest developments:
● State minister for defense said investigations show attack carried out in retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings.
● The death toll was revised to 321 on Tuesday morning, up from 290 according state minister for defense.
● The government says the attack was carried out by National Thowheed Jamaath, a local Islamist militant group, with suspected international assistance.
● Anger is brewing among residents as authorities appeared to have prior knowledge.
Sri Lanka described the devastating Terrorist Attack on Easter on Tuesday, in which 321 people were killed in response to an attack on two mosques in New Zealand last month.
“Investigations have revealed that the attacks were carried out in retaliation to the mosque attacks in Christchurch New Zealand,” State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament. On March 15, a white supremacist killed 50 Muslims in two mosques.
He did not offer any evidence for the connection and also acknowledged there were security lapses that allowed the attacks to occur.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed “Islamic radical terror” for the attacks. He also spoke Monday morning with Wickremesinghe and pledged “all possible assistance” to Sri Lanka.
“This is America’s fight, too,” Pompeo said at a news conference. Although the Islamic State’s “caliphate” has been destroyed with the collapse of the group’s last strongholds in Syria, “radical Islamist terror remains a threat,” he said. “We have to remain active and vigilant, and it’s going to require attention.”
CTM News | 23 April 2019