Islamic State claims Sri Lanka suicide bombings, says it was behind 'blessed attack' targeting Christians on 'blasphemous holiday'
The Islamic State's claim, accompanied by a photo and video of the men who they said had unleashed the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, emerged more than two days after the near-simultaneous blasts ripped through three high-end hotels.
Sri Lanka names local Islamist group National Thowheed Jama’ath behind Easter blasts; govt to investigate role of 'foreign links'
The Sri Lankan government accepted on Monday — after speculations of foreign involvement — that all the attackers were local and part of Jamath, a Sri Lankan organisation. Police have so far arrested 24 people in the wake of the attacks. However, no detail about them has been divulged. But according to AFP, authorities have said they will look into whether the attackers had any "overseas links" or "international support".
Sri Lanka political row: Maithripala Sirisena names new Cabinet after reinstating Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
Maithripala Sirisena sparked the political crisis on 26 October when he sacked Wickremesinghe in a bid to name nationalist firebrand Mahinda Rajapakse as prime minister.
Sri Lanka unrest: Police, politicians backed by Mahinda Rajapaksa aided anti-Muslim riots, reveal witnesses, CCTV footage
Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage
The 63-year-old Sirisena, who had dethroned Mahinda Rajapaksa from his 10-year rule after a bitter presidential poll, has already indicated that he wants to have a closer relationship with India and chose it for his first foreign visit.