Sri Lanka massacre: ISIS claims responsibility, reveal photo of Muslim terrorists behind the murder of 321
ISIS terror group has claimed responsibility for the horrific massacre in Sri Lanka in which Muslim terrorists slaughtered at least 321 Christians, hotel guests, and foreign tourists.
ISIS’s news agency Amaq published a picture and video claiming to identify the seven Muslim terrorists who carried out eight coordinated bomb blasts in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Muslim terrorists were identified as Abu Ubayda, Abu al-Mukhtar, Abu Khalil, Abu Hamza, Abu al-Bara’a, Abu Muhammad, and Abu Abdullah.
It shows them standing in front of an ISIS flag wearing black robes and masks over their faces while carrying knives.
A total of eight terrorists can be seen, despite the Amaq statement mentioning seven bombers.
CCTV footage has emerged of a Muslim terrorist entering St Sebastian’s Church</a> in Negombo moments before blowing himself up and murdering at more than 100 Christian worshipers.
This morning, Sri Lankan investigators revealed they now believe two domestic Muslim terror groups – including the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) – were behind the coordinated blasts.
The Sri Lankan military received intelligence suggesting the Muslim terror group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was planning suicide attacks on churches before the bombing.
Foreign intelligence agencies warned of attacks by the group several times in recent weeks – the first as early as April 4 – but that the information was not passed higher up the chain of command.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe confirmed that the government had prior information about the terror attacks, but failed to take preventive steps.
Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today that the sick terrorists were helped by an “international network.”
Muslim terrorist Moulvi Zahran Hashim, the founder of NTJ who referred to himself as Abu Ubaida, was named as the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday massacre.
Local media claimed the Muslim preacher, who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, was one of the bombers who attacked the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, but this was later disputed.