Sri Lanka Islamist Easter bombers had links with JMI: Minister
ECONOMYNEXT – Islamist National Thowfeeth Jama’at group which had bombed churches and hotels which killed over 300 persons in Sri Lanka had close links with another organization called JMI, State Minister for Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene said.
“This National Thowfeeth Jama’at group which carried out the attacks had close links with JMI, it has now been revealed,” Wijewardene told a special session of parliament Tuesday.
He did not elaborate but this a group called Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India linked to a similar organization in Bangladesh.
“We have found information that this attack was carried out by an islamist was in retaliation to the attacks on a place of worship in New Zealand.”
“More investigations are being carried out.”
Sri Lanka has entered into an era of global terror networks with Easter bombings Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, told parliament.
“These terrorists we have to consider as part of a global terror network,” Wickremesinghe said. “This is different from other conflicts we have had.”
He said the UK fought a conventional war in Falklands, then a civil war like in Sri Lanka in northern Ireland but after everything was over, global religious terrorism had started.
“Now they are driving cars into London,” he said.
Easter day bombing killed more than 300 people and injured over 500 including over 31 foreigners.
Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa slammed the government for not taking action despite warnings. (Colombo/Apr23/2019-SB)