Sri Lanka: Easter bombings were ‘response to Christchurch attack’ – Def Min

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Sri Lankan State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene claimed that Sunday’s deadly Easter bombings were a response to the New Zealand’s Christchurch attack, and called for a ban on “Islamist organisations” in the country. Wijewardene spoke at the Sri Lankan parliament in Colombo on Tuesday.

“As we all are aware by this time, three churches and four hotels where the main targets of this attack. They wanted to kill more people and create a major disaster in this country. It was a well planned operation. This is clearly the response of the Islamist organisations for the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand,” said Wijewardene.

“Investigations have been launched on Tawheed Jamaat and the JMI groups, which have a close connection with each other. These organisations need to be banned and those members of such organisations had to be brought before the law. Not only these, but other such organisations which are present in Sri Lanka also have to be brought in front of law,” he added.

In total, at least 321 people were killed and a further 450 were injured after eight explosions rocked hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Six blasts took place in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo while two further explosions occurred in the western city of Negombo and the eastern city of Batticaloa.

A Sri Lankan government spokesperson admitted during a press conference in Colombo on Monday that there had been warnings from intelligence agencies about possible terrorist attacks on Christian targets in the country.

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