Sri Lanka suspects international terror link to Easter Sunday atrocities
On Easter Sunday, at least 290 people were killed and over 500 wounded in 8 explosions in churches and hotels in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. At least some of the attacks were suicide bombings.
The government admitted that it received various warnings days before the attacks took place, but it failed to take preventive measures. A local Islamist terror group, know as Nations Thawahid Jaman (NTJ), was mentioned in the warnings, but the Sri Lankan government believes that “[t]here must be a wider international network behind” the attacks.
The US State Department on Sunday said that “terrorist groups continue plotting” attacks across Sri Lanka, and released an updated travel advice for the country that urges US citizens to exercise increased caution when traveling to Sri Lanka.