No direct IS hand in Sri Lanka Easter attacks: investigator

No direct IS hand in Sri Lanka Easter attacks: investigator

by Editor July 25, 2019 in

Colombo, July 25 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s Easter attacks that killed 258 people were carried out by local Islamists who drew inspiration from but were not linked to the Islamic State group, a top investigator said Wednesday.

Ravi Seneviratne, the head of the Criminal Investigations Department, said the suicide bombers who targeted three churches and three hotels had no direct link to the foreign jihadi group.

“They followed the IS ideology, but our investigations have not shown any link between them,” Seneviratne told a parliamentary panel probing security and intelligence lapses leading to the April 21 bombings.

He noted that remnants the local group identified as National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) had persuaded IS to claim the attack two days after the deadly events in Sri Lanka.

NTJ leader Zahran Hashim had made a video with his fellow suicide bombers pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Bagdadi.

The video was released by the IS two days later.

Within five days of the attack, police raided the location where the NTJ recorded the video and recovered the IS flag they used as a backdrop.

The NTJ had also used the same type of explosives that IS was known to have used in its attacks.

Sri Lanka was tipped off of an impending attack by Indian authorities based on information from an Islamic extremist in their custody.

Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujith Jayasundara and the top defence ministry bureaucrat Hemasiri Fernando are currently facing criminal charges over their alleged negligence to prevent an attack.

Several NTJ operatives were known to have travelled to India to meet with fellow extremists there, according to the Sri Lankan military.

They have said that the NTJ may have received foreign expertise in assembling what is known as “Mother of Satan” bombs which contain triacetone triperoxide, or TATP.

Another investigator, Shani Abeysekara, told the same parliamentary panel Wednesday that the CID had found 105 kilograms (230 pounds) of explosives from a NTJ hideout earlier this year.

“If not for this discovery, they would have been able to cause much more damage,” Abeysekara said adding that they were already investigating the NTJ when the attacks took place.

President Maithripala Sirisena has said the attacks were the work of international drug dealers to sabotage his anti-narcotics drive.


  1. For rhe fools who think that Nassara and Muslims are brothers ! The Quran specifically destroys the Bible – New Testament and supports the thesis of the Bible of Barnabus and the Syrian Bible !

    The Quran says in Surah 61:14

    O ye who believe! Be Allah’s helpers, even as Jesus son of Mary said unto the disciples: Who are my helpers for Allah ? They said: We are Allah’s helpers.And a party of the Children of Israel believed, while a party disbelieved.

    …… that is that Jesus is the slave of Allah and his Messenger, and to expose the lies of those who say that he is God, and those who say that he is the son of Allah the Most High, so they (the believing tribe) have been made victorious over the disbelieving enemies.

  2. For those who ask Y – and say that the Nassara and Muslims are brothers ! Islam does not believe in Paul and hence, the NT ! Period and Full Stop !

    Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah:

    This is just like what Paul fabricated when he entered into the Religion of Christianity in order to corrupt the Religion of the Christians.

    Ash-Shahratain (d. 1153), a theologian of the Asharite school, echoes the above words of Ibn Taymiyyah by stating that: "Paul, however, disordered his affair, made himself (Peter’s) partner, altered the basis of his knowledge, and mixed it with the argument of the philosophers and the (evil) suggestion of his heart.

    Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari,Volume 4, Book 55, Number 651:

    Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “I am the nearest of all the people to the son of Mary, and all the prophets are paternal brothers , and there has been no prophet between me and him (i.e. Jesus).”

    The word used is "nearest" of all … – which would exclude the 12 Apostles as well as Mary.
    Then it says "… no prophets…."

    So Paul is no Prophet and Jesus is not God and that is the end of the NT

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