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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today said that they were not aware of any intelligence suggesting that Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for deadly shootings on a mosques in Christchurch, Reuters reported.

State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, told parliament on Tuesday that an initial investigation had revealed the bombings on churches and hotels, which killed 321 people, had been carried out in revenge for deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques on March 15.

Security experts and analysts, however, have questioned whether the coordinated bomb attacks could have been planned in such a short period.

"We haven't received anything officially nor have we received any intelligence reports that corroborate what has been said in Sri Lanka," PM Ardern told reporters at a press conference in Auckland.

"Sri Lanka will be in the very early stages of its investigations. So we are simply stepping back and allowing them to undertake those, but we have nothing at this stage to corroborate what is being said," she added.

Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks on Tuesday and named what it said were seven attackers who carried them out. It gave no further evidence to support its claim of responsibility.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a news conference investigators were making progress in identifying the perpetrators and believed there could be some links to IS.

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  • SL Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:33 PM

    Only Muslims do not come against the extremist within their community.So,Gvt shall Ban all extremist movement ,Burka etc . in this country, even Television channels which are banned in India,Bangaladesh but not in SL

    Cluless Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:37 PM

    There is no way that they could have planned an attack of this magnitude in less than 2 months. The disunity and political instability created by the president may have given an opportunity to the terrorists. The biggest question is how did they get access to all those explosives and the technology and also we didn't know.

    pcp Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:38 PM

    Does it matter ? :-)

    James Smith Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:11 PM

    Yes it does matter. Because the government right now dose not know who is responsible and all evidence is circumstantial and appears to be planted. I mean why would you just throw 10 detonator casings on the side of the road for someone to find? I honestly think that this government is incapable of carrying out an independent unbiased investigation.

    Apanman Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:59 PM

    Yes, I agree to that. So why Easter Sunday. It way because the man in fancy dress was talking politics which is unprecedented to these men in fancy dress. He was talking big on hanging humans. Now he is left with body bags. The golden lesson “be cautious when uttering rubbish “. We humans do not hang or eat humans. This is my simple opinion.

    hans perlee Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:00 PM

    Cluless, army explosives have been used.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:06 PM

    When State Institutions fail in addressing

    JANAKA Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:36 PM

    It is heartwarming to see how Christian community in Sri Lanka Sinhalese and Tamils bear this situation very peacefully without pointing fingers at anyone or any community IT IS A SHAME how people among us planned and carried out this mess

    NIHAL Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:54 PM

    So jecinda, when are you coming to embrace us ?

    kumar Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:04 PM

    It is a retaliation attack for the Christchurch attack without doubt.

    kumar Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:04 PM

    It is a retaliation attack for the Christchurch attack without doubt.


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