IS claimed responsibility for bombing churches, high-end hotels across Sri Lanka
Colombo: The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a wave of coordinated bombings at churches and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka.
The IS organization offered no evidence to support that assertion, which was initially announced in a statement in Arabic published by its Amaq news agency on Tuesday, saying the attackers were “among the fighters of the Islamic State,” according to a translation by SITE Intelligence Group, a company that tracks extremist groups.
ISIS later issued a longer, formal statement identifying the seven suicide bombers who detonated explosive-laden vests at the churches and hotels and a housing complex on Sunday.
At least 310 people were killed and another 500 were injured Sunday when near-simultaneous explosions took place at eight locations across the island nation