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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.

Al Jazeera

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