Reports out of Sri Lanka name the suspected mastermind behind the devastating Easter Sunday bombings that killed at least 359 people and injured hundreds more.
Multiple reports quoting intelligence sources inside Sri Lanka said a radical Muslim cleric is to blame for the worst act of terror in the country’s history.
Details have also begun to emerge about the attackers, a band of nine educated suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families. ISIL has claimed responsibility for the carnage, but that claim hasn’t been verified.
Officials suggest the bombings were in retaliation for the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand.
For more on the bombing and the information known so far:
- Sumisha Naidu is a journalist based in Colombo
- Upali Obeyesekere is managing editor of The Times of Sri Lanka.
- Elias Jeyarajah is senior vice president of the U.S. Tamil Political Action Council.
- Mohammed Shafiq is chief executive and founding member of the Ramadhan Foundation.
Families celebrating a holiday and newlyweds toasting their new lives. Professionals and laborers, students and grandparents, Sri Lankans and foreigners. These are the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks. https://t.co/Bm0HypbqdS
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