Sri Lanka identifies militant group National Thowfeek Jamaath in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka identifies militant group National Thowfeek Jamaath in Easter bombings

At least 290 people, including several Americans, were killed in the nearly simultaneous bombings in Sri Lanka.

A string of bombings at churches, luxury hotels and other sites includes “several” Americans, in an attack on the South Asian island of Sri Lanka.

A police spokesman said more than 500 people were injured.

The attacks were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a domestic militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath, a government official said Monday.

All of the bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but authorities suspect foreign links, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference.

Earlier, Ariyananda Welianga, a government forensic crime investigator, said an analysis of the attackers’ body parts made clear that they were suicide bombers, according to the Associated Press. He said most of the attacks were carried out by a single bomber, with two at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel.

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  1. Kleco102

    The shocking thing about all of this is Sri Lanka isn't even a country that has had a history of Islamic extremism. Until yesterday, it was one of three South Asian countries (the others being Nepal and Bhutan) that had not experienced Islamist extremism unlike their neighbours like India and Bangladesh. Broadly speaking, Sri Lanka is traditionally a part of a handful of Monsoon Asian countries that haven't had to deal with Islamic extremism, the others being Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, East Timor, Taiwan, Mongolia, Japan and the two Koreas. I guess things are sadly changing in Asia. If a small Asian country like Sri Lanka can be attacked, it probably means others in the region could be attacked too. This is so disappointing and sad.

  2. Syed Arman

    I condemn this evil act… cowards! How can someone kill innocent people during their prayer! may God have mercy on those who lost their innocent lives.. my condolences to the families of the victims.
    sri lanka does not have much records of terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists so it is really confusing why this happened now. It seems like there is a political agenda behind it.

  3. Yildiz Tekin

    Der Islam (ist Unkraut,) ist teroris, ist eine Sekte, ist teuflisch, ist Gegenteil von Frieden, (ihr schweine Islamisten in Europa, werden die islamisten gefüttert (Geld zum Leben) in andren Ländern machen Unruhe, unschuldigen manchen Menschen um, jedes jahr werden Kirschen Ostern Weinachten Zeit, und sonst von von Islam angezündet , und bombadirt , goot beschütze alle menschen von islamich vernatike, kann mann helfen , finanzielle, wir würden helfen,,,,,,,,,!

  4. Sam S

    Somnath Ghosh

    Theravada Buddhism is the official religion of Sri Lanka, with about 70% of the country's population as followers. Arahath Mahinda, son of Indian Buddhist emperor Ashoka, led the mission to Sri Lanka in 246 BCE when he converted the Sri Lankan king, Devanampiya Tissa, to Buddhism.

    The problem is people believe anything comes from Government on the media 😉
    It doesn't make sense to me!
    Muslims are minority's in that country and they are not part off power !

    The Government are buddhist ! Isn't it?
    Don't believe on media narrative so easy…!

  5. Call me Help

    Militants are just terrorist and they only deserve the Brutus
    Death ,it’s not like if I say I am a Christian and I did this then others will say all Christians are terrorists or Muslims or Hindus or Jewish our relions never Allan’s us to kill each other ,those retired brain damaged people no matter they belong to which category we can blam all the other race,,find the person who did it kill him more brutal death ,,it has nothing to do with our religions ,but some people with less knowledge about there own religions and also very less knowledge about others we just point each other spread more and more hate instead of that we should think about those people who died in this act we shuoukd think and talk or discuss about how we gonna help them discuss some ways to help but what we are discussing that your religion is bad mine is good kill all Muslims kill all Christian is this what we call ourselves educated ,,,shame on them who does like that,I wish we can do as much as possible ways to help there families ,las time in New Zealand mosque attach the killer is half Jewish half Christian he follows the Christianity the should we blame all our Christian community instead of that we should see how all those people live together love together respect each other ,unless until we not get aware about each other and doesn’t love each other our county will be a grave yard ,,I don’t want to say anything really just feel pain I can relaize and imagine there families ,,,so plz don’t commit on each other’s religions think about how u gonna help if you can’t help the at least don’t spread the hate,

  6. Salmah Mohamed

    May Allah give Patience and Consolation the families of those who have been affected. May Allah protect us all from any further terrorists and sickos like these! This is a sick and cowardly act, just as sick and cowardly as the New Zealand terrorist. He was NO Christian! People who kill the innocent are NOT Muslims, NOT Christians, NOT Buddhists. They're misguided and mentally sick! I reject them in this life and I will reject them on Judgement Day. With all the modern technology, CIA, FBI, etc, why on earth are we still not able to root these people out and stop them before they can commit these terrorist acts? Is there no international body that's monitoring background chatter on the mobile networks and internet? Are we all going to have to start organising neighbourhood watch around all Houses of Worships?

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