Sri Lanka Blames Local Islamist Extremist Group for Easter Bombings that Killed 290

The Washington Post‘s Joanna Slater, Amantha Perera, and Shane Harris report, “Sri Lanka on Monday accused a local Islamist extremist group, the National Thowheed Jamaath, of being behind a string of Easter bombings at churches and hotels that killed at least 290 people, and the United States pledged support for the investigation, dispatching FBI agents to help.” Suicide bombers carried out the attacks. Slater, Perera, and Harris add, “A Sri Lankan security official characterized Thowheed Jamaath as a shell for the Islamic State and said it has been active in Kattankudy, an area in the eastern part of the country and home to one of its largest Muslim populations.”

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