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Sri Lanka: Local Islamist group behind blasts

  • Published at 06:09 pm April 22nd, 2019
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Police officers work at the scene at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019 Reuters

Senaratne, who is also a cabinet minister, added that the government was investigating whether the group had "international support"

The Sri Lankan government believes a local Islamist extremist group called National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) was behind deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 people, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday.

Senaratne, who is also a cabinet minister, added that the government was investigating whether the group had "international support."

Documents seen by AFP show Sri Lanka's police chief issued a warning on April 11, saying that a "foreign intelligence agency" had reported NTJ was planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.


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