A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through several luxury hotels and three churches holding Easter services in the Sri lanka cities of Colombo, Negombe and Batticaloa on Sunday, killing 321 people and wounding over 500.
The blasts hit the churches when they were full of worshippers who gathered for Easter services. Nearly all victims were Sri Lankans. Officials said the dead also included dozens of foreigners.
There were 50 killed at a shooting by an australian right wing terrorist on March of 15th 2019. A carbomb was found and controlled detonated. The security forces also found over 80 fuses.
There was no claim of responsibility, but Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene described the blasts as a „terrorist attack“ by religious groups.
„The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka (on Sunday) was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,“ Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament.
Two local Muslim organisation, National Thawheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim (JMI), has been linked to the attacks on the Indian Ocean island which is also a highly recommended touristic target.
After the attack the government of Sri Lanka imposes a curfew and emergency law including pollarding the internet social networks like facebook, Snapchat, Viber and WhatsApp. At the last emergency law military have wide-ranged powers including the possibility to raid habits without court order and detain suspects months without charge. The government fess up, that they had indication that there was an attack planned but it wasn’t relevant enough to move.