Following the news on Sri Lanka’s church attack, the Islamic States (ISIS) has claimed reponsibility for the Easter Sunday bomb attack that killed over 300 people.
A government official said the bombings were retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack. He claims the attacks were carried out by two Islamist extremist groups.
Speaking on Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the parliament of the link between the local extremist groups ‘National Towheed Jamaat’ to a global terror network.
Wickremesinghe assured the people of the necessary steps that are being taken to prevent terrorism from rising in the country and the search operations were ongoing to nab suspects of the attack
He said: “This was an attack which had been planned for a long time. There were handlers, who were guiding the suicide bombers.
“Police are working to arrest them. We have to consider these extremists to be a part of a global terror network.”
“We will never allow another war to begin in this country,” he added.
State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene also told the parliament of the initial investigations that had revealed the Sunday’s explosion by the local group was in retaliation to the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand.
He said the “National Tawheed Jamaat” were behind the attacks and further investigations were underway.