Sri Lanka Easter terrorist attack death toll nearing 300

The death toll in the audacious terrorist attack in Colombo during Easter has crossed 200. The toll is expected to rise further given some injured currently undergoing treatment are reported to be in critical condition.

In fact, there could have been scores more added to the toll had it not been for the alert security forces who managed to detect and defuse another bomb found near the Colombo airport. The improvised explosive device (IED) in the guise of a 6-ft long pipe was found near the road leading to Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accepted they had intelligence inputs warning of such an attack but had failed to capitalize on them. Sources in India also claimed they had provided very specific information about terrorists planning a serial blast in the capital. Interestingly, no group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

That said, it is the National Thowheeth Jama’ath that are being considered to be the prime suspects. The little-known terrorist organisation promotes Islamic ideologies and are believed to have planned their operations during Easter to strike discord among the various religious groups. Sri Lanka happens to be dominated largely by Buddhists with Hindus, Christians and Muslims being minorities.

This also happens to be the biggest terror attack the country has ever witnessed and is bringing back memories of the pre-2009 period when the country was left ravaged by civil war. Authorities said investigations into the attack has already begin and two dozen arrests have been made so far.

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