SRI LANKAN INVESTIGATOR: NO ISIS LINK TO EASTER BOMBINGS
Sri Lanka’s Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people were carried out by local groups who drew inspiration from, but were not directly linked to, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group, a Sri Lankan investigator has said.
Ravi Seneviratne, head of the Sri Lankan Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), made the remarks in a meeting with the country’s parliamentary panel investigating the security and intelligence lapses that led to the April 21 bombings. Mr Seneviratne said the suicide bombers who targeted three churches and three hotels had no direct link to the foreign armed group.
“They followed the IS ideology, but our investigations have not shown any link between them,” Mr Seneviratne told the parliamentary panel.
He noted that remnants of the National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ), the armed group that was held responsible for the Easter attacks, had persuaded ISIL to claim the attack two days after the deadly events in Sri Lanka.