Sri Lankan officials: An Islamist militant group was behind Easter morning attacks

Sri Lankan officials: An Islamist militant group was behind Easter morning attacks
Soliders patrol following multiple explosioins in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

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Sri Lankan officials believe an Islamist militant group was behind the Easter morning attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed at least 290 people and wounded another 500, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told reporters.

Officials had said previously that another country had warned that the group, known as National Thowheed Jamath, was planning attacks in Sri Lanka, but the warnings weren’t specific enough to effectively act on and didn’t include hotels or tourist sites as potential targets.

Mr. Senaratne said there is no specific evidence connecting the group to the bombings, but that authorities see it as the most likely organizer. He said all the bombers were Sri Lankan citizens.

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Police said yet another explosive device was discovered Monday in a parcel inside a vehicle parked in Colombo near St. Anthony’s Shrine, which was attacked on Sunday. The bomb was disposed of with a controlled explosion, they said, and there were no injuries.

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