Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the bombings, in which at least 290 poeple have died, were carried out by a local group identified as the National Thowheed Jamaath, without elaborating on evidence.
Speaking at Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister, Senaratne said that all the suicide bombers were Sri Lankan nationals, and that police officials were “aware of information” regarding possible attacks during Easter.
“Intelligence reports said that during this Easter period these types of attacks can take place, and they also mentioned that Christian places of worship and places of tourist interest may be targeted,” Senaratne said.
Meanwhile, the Lankan Govt ordered a new curfew in Colombo on Monday from 8pm to 4am on Tuesday. The authorities said tensions remained high in the capital following Sunday’s bombings.
Reuters: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to declare nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday following Easter Day blasts pic.twitter.com/41qoYo1HqU
— ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2019