National Thowheed Jamath responsible for Sri Lanka blasts
The Sri Lankan government said today that local extremist group, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) was responsible for the barbaric blasts targeting churches and luxury hotel on Sunday. It admitted an intelligence failure and issued an apology. The National Thowheed Jamath is a radical Muslim group. It came into limelight after it was linked to the vandalization of Buddhist statues.
According to media reports, seven bombers of the NTJ group were responsible for a series of eight devastating blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. During these blasts, more than 290 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured.
Nearly 4 Indian nationals were among 290 victims of the bomb blast in Churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. While condemning the barbaric terror act on the telephone, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered help to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He further said that these acts were cold-blooded and pre-planned. They were another grim reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj identified three of the victims as Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a woman from Kasargod district, P S Raseena, was also among those killed. However, the Ministry of External Affairs has not confirmed the identity of the fourth victim.
Giving details of the Indian victims, Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals. Their names are Lokashini, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. We are ascertaining further details.” She later corrected the first name to Lakshmi.
According to media reports, Sri Lanka’s police Chief had issued a nationwide alert 10 days ago that suicide bombers were planning to strike blasts at churches and Indian High Commission.