Sri Lanka Bombings Claimed by ISIS, and President Vows Shakeup
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings in Sri Lankan churches and hotels that killed over 350 people on Easter Sunday, more than in any other ISIS attack outside of Iraq and Syria. The terror group also released a video that allegedly shows the perpetrators of the attack pledging allegiance to ISIS.
Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena announced that major changes would be made to key government security staff, as the government received various warnings days before the attacks took place, but it failed to take preventive measures.
Last month, US-backed forces defeated ISIS in Syria. Analysts have warned that this was far from a complete victory over the terror group, which continues to pose a significant threat in the region and abroad.