The extremists’ Islamic group ISIS claimed to have carried out the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, in a statement published by the extremist group’s mouthpiece Amaq.
It reported that “Those, who carried out the attack that targeted the citizens of the coalition and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday, were Islamic State fighters,”
The explosions took place on Tuesday during busy Easter services at Christian churches in Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo and in three five-star hotels in the capital, killing about 321 persons.
However, it is believed that the bombings in Sri Lanka were meant to be retaliation for last month’s attack against Muslims in Christchurch, according to initial investigations by the Sri Lankan government, the deputy defense minister said.
State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said in a statement to parliament “We believe [the massacre] was carried out by an extreme Islamist group as a reprisal to the Christchurch mosque massacre in New Zealand. This group is known to have links to an organization named National Thowheed Jamath. We should take immediate steps to ban any such organization that have links to extremist elements.”