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Selvmordsbomberen kommer inn i St. Sebastian-kirken i Negombo 21. april. Foto: Overvåkingskamera

Dødstallet på Sri Lanka er steget til 359. Den amerikanske ambassadøren sier at omfanget, synkroniseringen og den avanserte gjennomføringen tyder på IS-tilknytning.

The scale and sophistication of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka suggested the involvement of an external group such as Islamic State, the U.S. ambassador to said on Wednesday as the death toll jumped to 359.

Åtte av ni selvmordsbombere er identifisert. En av dem var en kvinne. En har studert i Storbritannia. Medlemmene betegnes som høyt utdannet, fra velstående hjem.

Sri Lankan officials have blamed two domestic Islamist groups with suspected ties to Islamic State. Details have begun to emerge of a band of nine, well-educated suicide bombers, including one woman, from well-to-do families.

Samtidig rettes det nå anklager mot sikkerhetssjefene og dermed også regjeringen for å ha unnlatt å handle på de advarslene som kom inn, i flere omganger viser det seg.

Lakshman Kiriella, the leader of parliament, said senior officials had deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks.

“Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions,” Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, told parliament.

He said information about possible suicide attacks was received from Indian intelligence on April 4 and a Security Council meeting was chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena three days later but it was not shared more widely.

Informasjonen er ødeleggende for Sri Lankas renommé.

Foreign groups likely behind Sri Lanka attacks, U.S. ambassador says

 

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