Amid rise in the death toll from Easter Sunday Sri Lanka attacks and more suspects being arrested, officials reveal there were a total of nine suicide bombers including one women and one of them studied in the UK and Australia.
Without naming the bomber who studied in Britain the country’s State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility of the multiple attacks in churches and hotels, one of the worst violence in Buddhist-majority country of 21 million people since the end of civil war about a decade ago.
It is learned the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the last month’s New Zealand mosque attacks.
The government confirmed all the suicide bombers were Sri Lankan but extent of their foreign links are now being investigated.
More than half ton suspects have been so far arrested and Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned that more suspects armed with explosives are still at large.
The ISIS has lost all its territories in Syria and Iraq but it still has presence across the world in splinter groups.
Meanwhile, the government has blamed National Towheed Jamaar (NTJ) local extremist group for the massacre.
The total death count has reached 359 including 39 foreigners. Eight of them were Britons.
FBI and Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command officers have been sent to Sri Lankan capital Colombo to assist government investigation.