The Sri Lankan government has for the first time made it public that local Islamist group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 people; government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told the media today.
The government believes that local group has carried out the attack with the help of international network. Senaratne, who is also a cabinet minister, added that the government was investigating whether the group had “international support”.
The AFP news agency has claimed to see the documents regarding the April 11 warning of such attacks on churches and Indian High Commission. A foreign intelligence agency informed the security services of Sri Lanka about the possible attack from NTJ. This group was linked with vandalising of Buddhist statues.
All the 24 people that have been arrested so far in connection with suicide bombings belong to the same group. The government and police spokesman provided no further details about this radical group. This is first terrorist activity carried out by an Islamic religious extremist group in the history of Sri Lanka. The government spokesman has said that he will share the further details after the investigations.
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