The bombing in Sri Lanka was a reaction to the shooting of Christchurch, says Defense Minister
This from the South Asian correspondent of the Guardian, Who is in Negombo, Sri Lanka,
The attacks on Easter Sunday, which killed more than 320 people in Sri Lanka, were in response to mass shooting in a mosque in Christchurch in March, the Sri Lankan Defense Minister told parliament.
Ruwan Wijewardene said on Tuesday afternoon at a special session of the National Corporation that the investigation had revealed that "this attack was being carried out in retaliation for the attack on Muslims in Christchurch," he said.
In the last few weeks before the raid, a secret service memo to some government officials spread that a member of the terrorist group that had committed the bombing had started his "extremist content" social media accounts after the shootings of a right-wing man update extremist in New Zealand, who has killed 50 people.
However, terrorist researchers said that the sophisticated nature of the attack and the equipment used would probably have required months of preparation, including conditioning the suicide bombers and testing the explosives.
Wijewardene also told parliament that the death toll had risen to 321 people, including 38 foreigners, and reiterated that the prime minister and other important officials were never informed about the possibility of an impending attack.
The death toll is 321
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Tuesday Summary: what we know so far
Welcome to our further coverage of the suicide bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, where a day of mourning for the 310 dead begins. I will keep you updated on developments on the island.
What you should know on Tuesday morning:
- Sri Lankans have watched a national day of mourningcharacterized by a three-minute silence at 8.30 am local time.
- The first mass burials Sunday's bombings took place in Negombo, where churchgoers in St. Sebastian were killed in an explosion.
- The number of dead has increased to 310, as the police confirmed on Tuesday. Hundreds were injured.
- Forty people were arrested in connection with the attacks and a state of emergency was imposed throughout Sri Lanka.
- No group has taken responsibility for the bombings, but a local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama & # 39; ath was named as prime suspect.
- At midnight local time a Emergency He added and gave the police additional powers to stop and search for suspects.
- The Prime Minister, Ranil WickremesingheHe is expected to address Parliament today if it convenes.