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Easter bombings were retaliatory attacks on the Christchurch Mosque

Sri Lanka's defense minister said on Tuesday that a preliminary investigation has shown that the bombings of a radical Islamist group on Easter Sunday were retaliation for the attacks of the New Zealand mosque last month.

Ruwan Wijewardene, a defense minister, quoted a preliminary investigation and said that the deadly bombings on Easter Sunday, which claimed 321 casualties and caused more than 500 injuries, are revenge for the "attack on Muslims in Christchurch," Reuters reported.

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He made the commentary without giving any evidence or explaining where the information came from.

Last month, a heavily armed gunman killed Muslim worshipers during Friday prayers, massacring 49 people in two mosques in New Zealand on March 15 while broadcasting a horrific live stream of the terrorist attack.

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On Tuesday in Sri Lanka, security was increased on Tuesday, and the military used its powers to make the final arrests when the devastating civil war ended in 2009.

The country held its first mass burial on Tuesday for about 30 victims, as the country held a day of mourning. The funeral took place in St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, one of the places attacked on Sunday.

Leaders quoted by AP said the alleged leader of the lesser-known militant group – National Thowfeek Jamaath – began posting videos three years ago and demanded that non-Muslims be "eliminated." The bombers were all in Sri Lanka, but the authorities said that international connections were suspected. According to the BBC, the police arrested 40 suspects, including a Syrian national, in connection with the attack.

"We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were detained in that country," said Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, "Reuters said." There was an international network without which these attacks were unsuccessful. "

Among the 40 people arrested on suspicion of links to the Easter bombing raid were the driver of a transporter allegedly used by the suicide bombers and the owner of a house where some of them lived.

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The country is in a state of emergency, and the military operates after the attacks with extended wartime violence. The police said on Tuesday that anyone who has to park a car on the street and leave it unattended has to put a note with his phone number on the windshield. Meanwhile, postal officials said they would no longer accept prepacked packages for shipping.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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