Following the devastating attack on Sunday evening, near the capital’s Bandaranaike International Airport an improvised explosive device was defused and claimed 310 lives injuring 500 more majorities being Christians who were celebrating the Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency and tagged Tuesday a national day of morning
In a tweet, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesing said that the country grieved as one.
“Today as a nation we mourn the senseless loss of innocent lives this past Easter Sunday,” he tweeted, showing gratitude for the emergency and security forces who responded to the multiple bombings that tore through three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations.
He added that it “is imperative that we remain unified as Sri Lankans in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.”
A government spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne says Sri Lanka government admits to its failure to act on warnings received before the series of attack and apologies for it adding that an international terror group might be responsible for the tragic event.
He also said one of the warnings referred to National Tawheed Jamath, or NTJ, a little-known local Islamist group that defaced Buddhist statues in the past. But Senaratne, who is also health minister, said he did not believe a local group could have acted alone.
“There must be a wider international network behind it,” he said.
No group has yet claimed responsibility.
Two US officials directly familiar with the initial US intelligence assessment said.
US has come to an early conclusion the attacks were inspired by ISIS. The US is trying to figure out just how involved ISIS may have been in facilitating the attacks, one of the officials stated.
Sri Lanka military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said. Nine of the 24 suspects have been remanded until May 6 by a Colombo magistrate, noting that Six suicide bombers were involved.