The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the multiple blasts in Sri Lanka’s hotels and churches, that claimed the lives of more than 320 people on Easter, April 21. Reuters quoted the group’s AMAQ news agency, a news outlet linked to the ISIS.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has put all police stations in Colombo on high alert following reports of a lorry and van carrying huge explosives. Prior to ISIS’ claim, Sri Lankan officials had said that the alleged attack was carried out by a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath, with the support of an international network.
Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that some people with explosives were on the run and that more attacks are possible. He said he believed the Easter day attacks had links to Islamic State, after the militant group claimed responsibility for the bombings in which more than 300 were killed.
Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters that the government’s security agencies were monitoring Sri Lankans who had joined Islamic State and returned home. “We will be following up on IS claims, we believe there may be links,” he added.
An initial probe was conducted today into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that revealed it was ‘retaliation for Christchurch’, the country’s deputy defense minister said. “The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka (on Sunday) was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” state minister of defense Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament.
An official mass funeral ceremony for the victims was held under tight security. Following the mourning, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka put the death toll for Indians at 10. Regret to confirm the deaths of two more Indian nationals, A. Maregowda and H. Puttaraju, in the blasts in Sri Lanka, taking the total number of Indian deaths in the tragedy to 10 as of now,” the mission tweeted.