New Delhi: The Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday claimed a series of bombings that killed more than 320 people in Sri Lanka.
“Those that carried out the attack that targeted members of the US-led coalition and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday are Islamic State group fighters,” said a statement released by IS propaganda agency Amaq.
Sri Lanka attack a ‘retaliation for ChristChurch’
Earlier, a Sri Lankan official had said that the devastating Easter bombings were retaliation for recent deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand and that two domestic Islamist groups were believed to have been behind Sunday’s blasts.
“The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” Al Jazeera quoted Wijewardene, as saying.
Wijewardene also told the Sri Lankan Parliament that the death toll has mounted to 321, including 38 foreigners.
Eight explosions rattled various suburbs in the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Negombo, Kochchikede and Batticaloa as the Christian community celebrated Easter Sunday on April 21.
A mass burial ceremony was held here today following a funeral service at St. Sebastian’s Church, one of the churches that came under attack.
Scores of teary-eyed locals were seen in attendance at the memorial service as well as mass burial, bidding adieu to the victims of the gruesome attacks.
The ceremony was held amidst heightened security in the region, with armed forces lending shoulders to carry the mortal remains of the deceased to the burial ground.
Sri Lanka is in a state of emergency in the aftermath of the bombings. All schools have been shut down till Wednesday, as the authorities continue their search and rescue operations.
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