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Sri Lanka : Probe Suggests The Attacks Were 'Retaliation For Christchurch'

Fifty people died during the attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch in March

An initial probe into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people shows it was "retaliation for Christchurch," the country's Deputy Minister of Defense said Tuesday, adding that and the attackers are linked to a little-known radical Islamist group in India

"The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka (on Sunday) was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch," state Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament, referring to shooting attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15, during which fifty people were killed.

Wijewardene said investigations showed that a local group called National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) was behind the attack and was linked to a little-known radical Islamist group in India.

"This National Thowheeth Jama'ath group which carried out the attacks had close links with JMI it has now been revealed," Wijewardene told Parliament, in reference to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India.

Little is known about JMI, other than reports it was established last year and is affiliated to a similarly named group in Bangladesh. The Minister said Sri Lanka was receiving unspecified international assistance with the investigation.

Konbini with AFP

By Astrid Van Laer, published on 23/04/2019