COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Sri Lanka’s minister of defense says the Easter Sunday bombings were “carried out in retaliation” for attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15.
Ruwan Wijewardene made the comment to lawmakers in Parliament on Tuesday, without providing evidence or explaining where the information came from.
He said the toll from coordinated bombings at churches, luxury hotels and other sites now stands at 321 people dead and 500 injured.
The government has blamed a local Islamist militant group for the attacks. A government investigator announced Monday that seven people were behind the suicide bombings across the city.
The bombings are said to be the country’s deadliest violence since a civil war more than a decade ago left at least 290 people dead and more than 500 wounded.