Sri Lanka bomb attacks were revenge for New Zealand mosque killings - minister


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  • Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019

Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. -AFP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bomb attacks were retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, adding that two domestic Islamist groups were believed to be responsible.

"The initial investigation has revealed that this was in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack," junior minister for defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament.

"It was done by National Thawheed Jama'ut along with JMI," he said, referring to another local group, Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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