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Last Updated : Apr 23, 2019 06:24 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings that killed 321

The group did not give evidence for its claim.

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka which killed 321 people and injured about 500 others, the group's AMAQ news agency said on April 23.

The message roughly translates to "The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the crusader alliance [anti-IS US-led coalition] and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday were Islamic State fighters", BBC has reported.

On ISIS claims, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, "We have gotten reports of their (ISIS) involvement. We will follow up on these claims." He even said that it cannot be confirmed that the attack on Easter Sunday was in response to the Christchurch mass shooting on March 15 in New Zealand.  

The death toll for one of the deadliest terror attacks has risen to 321. At least 45 children were among the killed in the bomb attacks, the United Nations said.

On April 22, at a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne pointed the finger of blame towards a local Islamist organisation called the National Thowheed Jamath. "All suicide bombers involved in the blasts are believed to be Sri Lankan nationals," Senaratne had said.

On April 21, seven suicide bombers carried out attacks in churches and hotels across Colombo, targeting Christians and foreign tourists. At least 5 Indians are confirmed to have been killed in the attack.

The group did not give evidence for its claim.

With inputs from Reuters

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First Published on Apr 23, 2019 04:26 pm
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