Is Sri Lanka attack retaliation to Christchurch attack?

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After multiple blasts struck the churches and hotels in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday, some speculated that these eight blasts in Sri Lanka is a retaliation to the New Zealand Christchurch shooting that happened few weeks back in a mosque. Regarding this speculation, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had clarified that her government didn’t get any intelligence saying that the massive attack on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka was done in retaliation for deadly shootings in Christchurch mosque.

Sri Lanka’s State minister for Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, told in the parliament that an initial investigation had revealed that the deadly attack on Easter Sunday was a revenge for the Christchurch shootings on March 15.

New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern’s office said the Prime Minister had seen reports of these statements made by the Sri Lankan minister.

a spokeswoman of New Zealand PM Ardern said that, “We understand the Sri Lankan investigation into the attack is in its early stages. New Zealand has not yet seen any intelligence upon which such an assessment might be based”

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that investigators were making progress in identifying the perpetrators and believed there could be some links to ISIS with ISIS claiming responsibility without any evidences.

Sri Lanka’s state defence minister had earlier told Parliament that two Sri Lankan Islamist groups – the National Thawheed Jama’ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim played the major role in these blasts but he didn’t explain that his statement of linking this tragic attack with the Christchurch shootings.

Sri Lankan forces had found explosives from local groups on the month of January, which also gives a clue that such attacks were planned much before the Christchurch shootings.

 

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