This from the Guardian’s South Asia correspondent , who is in Negombo, Sri Lanka .
The Easter Sunday attacks have killed more than 320 people in Sri Lanka, and were involved in mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, March, Sri Lanka’s minister. state for defense has the country’s parliament.
Ruwan Wijewardene has a special session of the national body on Tuesday afternoon, which has been shown as “this attack was carried out in a retaliation against the Muslims in Christchurch”, he said. 19659011] An intelligence memo circulated to some government in the weeks before the attack noted that one member of the terrorist group identified as having perpetrated the bombings had started to update his social media accounts “with ex tremist content ”in the aftermath of the shootings by a rightwing-extremist in New Zealand who killed 50 people.
But terrorism researchers have said the sophisticated nature of the attack and the equipment used would likely have required months of preparation, including conditioning the suicide bombers and testing the explosives.
Wijewardene also customs parliament that had the death toll had climbed to 321 people including 38 foreigners, and reiterated that the prime minister and other key officials were never told about the possibility of an impending attack. Michael Safi
Christchurch was mentioned in the confidential briefing note. One suspect had started updating his SM accounts “with extremist content” in aftermath of the shootings https://t.co/7Mi7Nq4uMm
But terrorism researchers have said the sophisticated nature of the attack and the equipment used would probably have required months of preparation, including conditioning the suicide bombers and testing the explosives. Christchurch took place 5 weeks ago …