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Posted by: Vasile Cojocari

News / International

23 Apr. 2019 / 17:40

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka terror attack

The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the devastating string of suicide attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people on Easter Sunday, AFP reports.

The jihadist group identified the seven attackers more than 48 hours after the near-simultaneous blasts tore through three high-end hotels popular with foreigners and three churches packed with Christians marking Easter.

The Sri Lankan government had already pointed the figure at a little-known local Islamic extremist group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), but said it was investigating whether they had international support.

Police sources in Sri Lanka told AFP that the attackers who targeted two of the hotels hit Sunday were Muslim brothers, sons of a wealthy Colombo spice trader.

Their names were not immediately revealed, but they were said to be in their twenties.

Guests were queuing for breakfast at the Shangri-La and Cinnamon Spice hotels when the two men detonated their bombs.

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