Sri Lanka blasts ‘retaliation for New Zealand mosque attacks’: Deputy defence minister

COLOMBO: An initial probe into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people shows it was “retaliation for Christchurch,” the country’s deputy defence minister said Tuesday.

“The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka (on Sunday was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament.

Fifty people were killed in shooting attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15.

Wijewardene said investigations showed that a local group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ was behind the attack and was linked to a little-known radical Islamist group in India.