Vastavam web: Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 320 people, the group’s Amaq news agency has said. The terrorist group gave no evidence for its claim on Tuesday and has made a series of false claims in recent years. However, experts have said the suicide bombings of three churches and three luxury hotels bear the hallmarks of the group. Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday that there could be more explosives and militants “out there”. He acknowledged that there was a prior warning of the attacks and said some officials would likely lose their jobs over intelligence lapses.
“The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” Wijewardene told a special sitting of parliament, referring to the terrorist attack by a white supremacist in March in which 50 people were killed.
But terrorism researchers have said the sophisticated nature of the attack and the equipment used would probably have required months of preparation, including target reconnaissance, recruiting of the suicide bombers and obtaining explosives. One emerging scenario among western and south Asian security officials was that the IS group had established a connection with existing Lankan networks of extremists already attracted by its ideology, but who lacked organisation and experience.