Sri Lanka Defense Minister: Blasts Were Revenge For New Zealand Mosque Killings

Reuters: Sri Lanka blasts were revenge for New Zealand mosque killings: minister

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.

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WNU Editor: How does this junior defense minister know? And when do extremist Islamic groups need a reason to attack churches since they have been doing it throughout history. This sounds more like the Sri Lankan government trying to divert attention away from the real story which is that this is a massive intelligence failure on their part when they were warned two weeks ago that these attacks were going to take place. There is also this article from the BBC stating that Sinhalese Buddhist - Muslim relations have been tense for the past year after mobs attacked Muslim targets .... Sri Lanka attacks: What led to carnage? (Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC). Bottom line. Sri Lanka is not the paradise that the country is trying to present.

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