Sri Lankan-Canadians mourn victims of terrorist attack in their homeland

Sri Lankan-Canadians mourn victims of terrorist attack in their homeland

Two other explosions rocked the city in the afternoon. The big question is who those suspects are, whether these attacks were planned locally or internationally.

"Highly confidential investigations regarding the above are in process", the letter said.

Fox News contributor and former CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman said the Sri Lankan terror attacks on Easter Sunday represent an "intelligence failure".

"Guests who had come for breakfast were lying on the floor, blood all over", an employee at Kingsbury Hotel, one of those targeted, told Reuters.

Sources in Sri Lanka described Hashim, reported by local media to be a radical cleric known for posting incendiary YouTube videos, as the founder of NTJ.

The coordinated bombings that ripped through churches and luxury hotels were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. "There was an global network without which these attacks could not have succeeded".

The school said Kieran had been on a leave of absence from Sidwell Friends School as he was living and studying in Sri Lanka. "The target selection and attack type make me very sceptical that this was carried out by a local group without any outside support", the NYT quoted Amarnath Amarasingam, a specialist in Sri Lankan extremism at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a counter-terrorism research group in London, as saying.

Police had received a tip-off of a possible attack on churches by a little-known domestic Islamist group some 10 days ago, according to news reports.

Most of the dead and wounded were Sri Lankans although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, U.S., Australian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.

He said the Easter Sunday bombings are the latest in a line of religiously motivated terrorist attacks around the world and called for Canadians of all faiths to denounce hate and intolerance. An 8 pm curfew has also gone into effect for citizens.

The attacks have raised fears of a resurgence of the communal violence that has often plagued the island.

Activists, faith leaders and politicians worry the Easter Sunday blasts could inflame communal tensions in Batticaloa as well as in Sri Lanka, where almost three-quarters of the population are Sinhalese Buddhists. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the United Kingdom, two people with USA and United Kingdom dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

They destroyed the device in a controlled explosion.

Akram Nalimi, an Islamic scholar in the neighbouring town of Kattankudy, where 147 Muslim men and boys were killed in 1990, said: "We know the pain these kind of killings cause".

Scores of people who were stranded overnight at the main airport began making their way home as restrictions were lifted.

The government also blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, making information hard to gather.



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