ISIS claims serial blasts in Sri Lanka
The horrific attacks which took the lives of almost 300 people and injured 500 others are claimed to be the act of the Islamic State terrorists. The group's official al-Amaq news agency made the claim on the encrypted messaging app Telegram on Tuesday.
The Islamic State has also stated that the bombings are the act of revenge against the firings on Islamic devotees at a masjid in New Zealand which killed 50 people. It also called the bombers as the “Islamic State fighters.” The bombings targeted Christians as well as citizens of countries belonging to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Sri Lankan Defence Minister Vijayavardane confirmed this news and has stated that the police arrested a Nigerian and 24 other suspects who has links with the terrorist organisations. Government's spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said local Islamist extremist group called the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) is suspected of plotting the blasts.
Seven suicide bombers carried out multiple blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 321 people in the country's worst terror attack.