On Easter there was a horrible terrorist attack in Sri Lanka that killed over 200 people and wounded more than 600 that targeted Christians and foreigners with suicide bombers striking in eight explosions at churches and tourist hotels.
While police made several arrests they have been close to the vest about who, simply terming the attack as done by “religious extremists” without defining who the religious extremists were.
Sri Lanka police were reportedly warned last week of possible terror attacks planned by Islamic extremists.
And now they’re confirming who they think it is.
From NY Post:
A radical Muslim terror group called National Thowheed Jamath was blamed Monday for the devastating suicide bombings that killed at least 290 and injured 500 in Sri Lanka.
Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that seven suicide bombers from the domestic group were behind the coordinated attacks — but insisted overseas terrorists likely helped.
“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Senaratne said. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”
Ariyananda Welianga, a government forensic crime investigator, confirmed that the attackers were suicide bombers, with individual bombers hitting three churches and three hotels and two hitting the Shangri-La Hotel.
Almost 300 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded in the blasts.
Several Americans were among those killed. The first American identified was Dieter Kowalski, 40, from Denver.
Kowalski had been staying at the Cinnamon Grand, one of the hotels hit by the bombers.
“And the fun begins,” he wrote. “Love these work trips. 24 hours of flying. See you soon Sri Lanka!”
Kowalski’s LinkedIn page listed him as a senior technical operations lead for Pearson, an education publishing and assessment firm. The company confirmed his death in a statement Monday.
“Dieter had just arrived at his hotel, where many of our colleagues have stayed over the years, when he was killed in an explosion,” Pearson CEO John Fallon wrote in a note to employees.
Fallon added: “Colleagues who knew Dieter well talk about how much fun he was to be around, how big-hearted and full-spirited he was. … In these desperately difficult days, let’s honor Dieter by showing that love ourselves, by taking extra care of each other — at work, at home and in our communities.”