Sri Lanka took drastic steps on Monday to tackle new potential terrorist attacks by blocking social media and arresting more than a dozen after a series of suicide bombers were carried out by a domestic radical Islam group on Easter Sunday.
The country's Minister of Health said the attacks, which killed at least 290 people and injured more than 500, were carried out by seven suicide bombers of a local militant group called National Thowfeek Jamaath. Experts quoted by the New York Times said the group is promoting an Islamic terrorism ideology. The police said 13 suspects were arrested in connection with the bombings.
"These attacks seem to be very different and seem to come from the IS-Al Qaeda, a militant jihadist playbook in the world, as attacks are that trigger religious hate by attacking several churches on a high religious level Holiday, "said Anne Speckhard, director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, told the Times.
US State State Warces The bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but the authorities suspect foreign connections, Health Minister Rajitha said Senaratne at a press conference.  There were six near-simultaneous blasts in the shrine and hotels of Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La, and Kingsbury in Colombo and two churches outside Colombo this morning, and two hours later outside Colombo two more were detonated Explosions take place ̵
A forensic detective investigator said an investigation of the attacker's body parts had revealed that they were suicide bombers. He said a single bomber had carried out the most attacks with two attacks at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. Officials said on Monday that the Sri Lankan police were investigating the bombings and investigating the reports that the intelligence services had warned against possible attacks. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said international agencies had warned on several occasions from 4 April about the attacks.
Telecommunications minister Harin Fernando tweeted: "Some intelligence officers were aware of this event, so there was a delay in taking action, so it's important to ignore why this warning was ignored." He added that his father was aware of a possible attack heard and warned him against entering popular churches.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has vowed to "transfer all necessary powers to the defense forces" to take action against those responsible. 19659003] The authorities lifted a curfew imposed on Monday but blocked social media to reduce the spread of false information and alleviate the tensions of more than 22 million people in the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.