The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.
Suicide bombers blew themselves up at four churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, the country’s capital, leaving approximately 321 people dead and 500-plus injured.
Officials said that National Thowfeek Jamaath (NJT) was behind the attack, calling it a “small organization” that likely had international support. On Tuesday, April 23, officials said that Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim, another local group, was believed to be involved.
However, ISIS in a propaganda message Tuesday, claimed it had orchestrated the attack.
In a statement released through its “news agency” Amaq, the group claimed, “The perpetrators of the attack … were Islamic State fighters.”
“A security source told Amaq agency the perpetrators of the attack targeting the citizens of [US-led] coalition countries and Christians in Sri Lanka were Islamic State [ISIS] fighters,” it said.
The statement contained no evidence or further information.
ISIS seeks to impose Shariah law on an interpretation of the Quran and Muslim teachings and held parts of Syria, Iraq, and other countries in recent years before being beaten back by America and American allies.