On Monday following the Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka, ISIS claimed responsibility for the killing of hundreds of Christians who attended Easter Sunday services to celebrate Christ's resurrection.
Easter Sunday has been a favorite time for ISIS and other Muslim terror groups, to target Christians around the world. In the article below, we go into more detail about the massive numbers of Christians being prosecuted and killed each year around the world by Muslims.
This morning the Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, spoke to reporters in a news conference below revealing the claims of responsibility by ISIS in response to the Mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.
As reported by Reuters below:
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed 321 people.
Islamic State’s claim, issued on its AMAQ news agency, came shortly after Sri Lanka said two domestic Islamist groups, with suspected links to foreign militants, were believed to have been behind the attacks at three churches and four hotels, which wounded about 500 people.
Islamic State gave no evidence for its claim.
The government has said at least seven suicide bombers were involved.
“The initial investigation has revealed that this was in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack,” junior minister for defense Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament.
He did not elaborate on why authorities believed there was a link to the killing of 50 people at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch during Friday prayers on March 15. A lone gunman carried out those attacks.
Wijewardene said two Sri Lankan Islamist groups - the National Thawheed Jama’ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim - were responsible for the blasts early on Sunday during Easter services and as high-end hotels served breakfast.
U.S. intelligence sources said earlier the attacks carried some of the hallmarks of Islamic State, even though it had not made an immediate claim of responsibility, as it usually does.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament investigators were looking into foreign links.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sri Lankan government and military sources said a Syrian had been detained among 40 people being questioned over the bombs.
“He was arrested after the interrogation of local suspects,” one of the sources said, referring to the unidentified Syrian.
Tuesday was declared a national day of mourning and the funerals of some of the victims were held, as pressure mounted on the government over why effective action had not been taken in response to a warning this month about a possible attack on churches by the little-known National Thawheed Jama’ut group.
The first six attacks - on three churches and three luxury hotels - came within 20 minutes on Sunday morning.
4/23/19 Police officials says they have arrested now up to 48 people in connection with the SriLanka bombing attacks. Whom almost all of them traveled to #Syria for allegedly get training and how to build the bombs, what killed 321 Christian worshippers and tourists.
#Update: Also cctv footage of the suicide bomber of the radical Islamic NJT group was captured on camera, performing the attack at the church in #SriLanka in #Colombo. What claimed the lives of 321 people and injured over 450. pic.twitter.com/YxgtE1cG1K— Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁ (@sotiridi) April 23, 2019
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