ISIS claimed responsibility for Sri Lanka attack

by Seth Frantzman 26 April 2019

ISIS claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attack that killed more than 250 people, one of ISIS worst international attacks.

This might explain it. It says the eighth person is Fatima Ibrahim, the wife of one of the brother bombers, who blew up herself, her unborn baby and three sons, at their home when police arrived. She is standing behind her husband in the bay`a photo

— Josie Ensor (@Josiensor) April 24, 2019

In its claim ISIS said that it had targeted “Crusaders” during an “infidel festival.”

On 21 April 2019 bombs struck three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, most in Colombo, others struck a church on the eastern coast of the island. Over 70 have been detained.

UPDATE: @foreignoffice advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019.

— Foreign Office (@foreignoffice) April 25, 2019

It now appears there was a major security lapse. India provided intelligence about threats. Sri Lanka received reports on April 4 about the danger. Now it appears that there may have been intelligence going back months. Initial attempts to claim it was “retaliation” for the New Zealand attack proved hollow. It now appears local suicide bombers carried it out with some link to foreign extremists.