Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday multiple bomb attacks: Death toll rises to 321 leaving hundreds injured

Our Colombo reporter│ 23 April 2019 │ 07:00

Authority in Sri Lanka has reported that the number of deaths has risen to 321 since Easter Sunday morning multiple bomb attacks that hit Sri Lanka.

The bomb attacks were coordinated at different public sites, including churches and hotels in the capital, Colombo.

The country’s security intelligence has claimed an international terrorist network was behind local terrorists to execute the attacks. This was confirmed by President Maithripala Sirisena’s office.

As no group has yet claimed responsibility, the State Defence Minister, Ruwan Wijewardana also insists that Islamic extremists may have carried out Sunday’s coordinated attacks in retaliation for a March attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

There has been an early warning signal on 11 April from a foreign intelligence agency which alerted Sri Lanka’s police of the possibility of an attack by a local Islamists group, National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ).

The NTJ group has been classified as the chief suspect in the coordinated attacks. Whether the group received any international support is under investigation.

Officials in Sri Lanka Believe about 35 foreigners were killed in the attack, over 500 people were reported to be injured.

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