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Government sees local extremists behind attacks in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's government makes domestic extremists for the attacks from Easter Sunday to be responsible. The police had already warned days in front of the group. Were ignored the instructions?

The government of Sri Lanka has made local extremists for the attacks on Easter Sunday responsible. The seven suicide bombers have attacked at almost the same time three churches and three Hotels, were Locals, said Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne.

Behind them, the group Thowfeek Jamaath (NTJ), which might have Connections abroad. The later, successful attacks would be investigated.

In explosions in three churches and three luxury hotels at least 290 people were, and more than 500 injured and killed. Most of the victims are Christians celebrating the Easter mass. Including at least 35 foreigners. If there are also German victims, is still unclear.

On Sunday evening was located near the largest airport of the island, around 30 kilometres from Colombo, an explosive device was found and defused. Today, security forces found 87 bomb detonator at a bus stop in Colombo.

Peter Gerhard, ARD New Delhi, currently in Colombo, to the investigation
tagesschau24 10:00 PM, 22.04.2019

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