Sri Lanka Police Chief Had Warned of Suicide Attack Threat Before Blasts
“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” said the alert.
The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalization of Buddhist statues.
Swarajya – Though, the true motive behind the attack remains a mystery given so far no individual or terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the shocking attacks, as of now, two suicide bombers have been identified as Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammed.
Daily Mail – At least 156 people are dead in an Easter Sunday terrorist attack targeting Christians in Sri Lanka after eight explosions ripped through high-end hotels and churches as suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up.
The initial six explosions injured as many as 500 people, including Japanese and British citizens, and 35 foreigners – from the UK, US, Netherlands and Portugal – are among the dead, sources say.
Reports now indicate a seventh explosion in the southern Colombo suburb of Dehiwala – which killed two people – and an eighth in the northern suburb of Orugodawatta, which killed three police officers during a house search.
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Sri Lanka Bombings:
– Massive explosions strike 3 churches and 3 hotels in coordinated Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka
– At least 160 dead, 368 injured
– 2 of the attacks were suicide bombings
– Sri Lankan police were warned of bombings last weekpic.twitter.com/lkFOWy1kyh
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) April 21, 2019
#PrayForSriLanka 🇱🇰 🙏
7 separate explosions in #SriLanka. More than 190 dead and 469 injured.
💥Cinnamon Grand Hotel
💥Church in Batticaloa
💥Hotel in Dehiwala#EasterSundayAttacksLK #LKA pic.twitter.com/KgGUzwyYE2
— மகிழ்ச்சி😍😊😂👍🇮🇳 🇮🇳 (@GSathish006) April 21, 2019