ISIS has claimed responsibility for the gruesome suicide bombings in Sri Lanka that have taken over three hundred lives and permanently damaged thousands of friends and family members who have lost their loved ones.
Before the terrorist group admitted to the horrible killings, chilling security footage has been released showing one of the suicide bombers patting a young girl’s head before entering the church with a large backpack and blowing himself up.
The terrorist who blew up the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, has detonated a “crude device made locally” moments after entering the holy place and making his way in the middle of the worshippers.
As Ruwan Wijewardene, the state minister of defense, claimed, the preliminary investigations suggest the bombings served as ‘revenge,’ “retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch.”
The Christchurch massacre occurred in New Zealand on March 15 when white supremacist Brenton Tarrant entered mosques and killed over fifty people.
Following nine bombings that cost at least 321 people of their lives, ISIS’s AMAQ propaganda body claimed they were responsible for the attacks. Despite these claims, however, the group didn’t provide any evidence.
According to the officials, the party responsible for the attacks was National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) who issued intelligence warnings several days before the blasts.
Moulvi Zahran Hashim, the leader of NTJ, appeared to be pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in several images that were circulated on social media by the fanatics.
“By now it has been established that the intelligence units were aware of this attack and a group of responsible people were informed about the impending attack,” Wijewardene added, blaming Sri Lanka’s security “weakness” for failing to prevent the catastrophes.
“However, this information has been circulated among only a few officials.”
Nine bombings that took places at luxury hotels, churches, and other crowded sites resulted in at least 321 casualties, including 45 children, and over 500 injured of which many are still fighting for their lives.
Amid fears that more bombings may have been planned, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith urged church leaders to avoid memorials for the time being.
“The security forces have not cleared the situation yet … there could be more attacks on public gatherings,” he said.
“I urge priests to not conduct any services at churches until I notify.”
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