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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being slammed over her social media silence in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan’s defense minister on Tuesday said a ‘preliminary investigation’ indicated that the Easter Sunday church bombings by a radical Islamist group were retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attacks last month.

Ruwan Wijewardene, a junior minister for defense, cited a preliminary investigation and said the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that resulted in 321 deaths and more than 500 injuries, was revenge for the “attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” Reuters reported.

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He made the comment without citing evidence or explaining where the information came from.

Last month, a heavily-armed shooter killed Muslim worshipers during Friday prayers, massacring 49 people in two New Zealand mosques on March 15 while broadcasting a horrific live stream of the terror attack.

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Sri Lanka blames shadowy Islamist group, 7 suicide bombers, for Easter attack that killed nearly 300

The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Towheed Jamath, al

“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said.

“There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”

though no-one has yet admitted carrying out the attacks.

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WHO’S ZAHRAN HASHIM, ALLEGED MASTERMIND OF ONE OF THE SRI LANKA ATTACKS?

An Islamist extremist imam, he was a prolific lecturer for National Tawheed Jamaath.

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Moulvi Zahran Hashim preaches incitement. (photo credit: screenshot)

Shortly after bombing attacks struck Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, media reports began disseminating the name of one of the terrorists responsible for events that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500 others. 

The alleged suicide bomber and mastermind behind the attack on the Shangri La hotel has been identified as Islamic extremist Moulvi Zahran Hashim. An Islamist extremist imam, he was a prolific lecturer for National Tawheed Jamaath.

Colombo (AFP) – The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back.

Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant, a manager at the Sri Lankan hotel said.

“There was utter chaos,” said the manager, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the company.

The Taprobane restaurant at the hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend.

“It was 8:30 am and it was busy. It was families,” the manager told AFP.

“He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” he added.

“One of our managers who was welcoming guests was among those killed instantly.”

The bomber also died. Par

Suicide bombers under a coordinated attack blew themselves up in a half dozen churches, killing hundreds and wounding hundreds more. The victims were attending church services for the Easter holiday. Not that we have inside information, but this appears to be the work of Muslim Jihadists who have shown the propensity to wreck havoc upon Christians. Keep in mind that Sri Lanka is majority Buddhist and Hindu with approximately 10% Muslim. Only Jihadists, who have the wherewithal to coordinate these types of attacks as they have done so in the past, are the ones most likely to be responsible.

The attacks in Sri Lanka struck three churches: St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Batticaloa’s Zion Church, according to Pakistan’s The Dawn newspaper. Police initially estimated that only 20 were killed but soon revised that number to 137, with 45 murdered in Colombo, 25 in Batticaloa, and 67 in Negombo. Three major hotels were struck in Colombo, all of them in a line along a major road that links several important central districts of the city. These included the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury.

A temporary social media ban was imposed after the blasts and a night-time curfew will begin at 6 p.m. local time.

In a statement from Jerusalem, the Catholic Church in the Holy Land said it was praying “for the souls of the victims and ask for speedy recovery of the injured, and ask God to inspire the terrorists to repent of their killing and intimidation.”

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Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church a

Coordinated series of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka conjures up memories of previous terrorist attacks. Striking at worshipers at prayer reminds us of the Christchurch Mosque shootings in New Zealand on March 15. It also appears linked to previous Easter attacks, including the 2017 Palm Sunday assault in Egypt in 2017 in which 45 people were murdered, and the terrorist attack in Lahore in 2016 that killed 75. In coordination and the number of sites chosen it is also similar to the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166.

It is a hallmark of our era that when it comes to mass murder and coordinated terror attacks we have a long list of past experiences to choose from. In the last decades the growing number of terrorist attacks by far-right Islamist extremists, white nationalists and others has become an almost daily event. Last week gunmen, allegedly terrorists from Iran, murdered 14 people in western Pakistan in an attack on Pakistani security forces. Earlier in April, a bombing attack – not widely reported outside Pakistan and thought to be carried out by the Islamic State – targeted Shi’ites in Quetta. And on Friday there was an attack made on government institutions in Kabul.

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Officials say 450 injured as explosions hit four hotels and three churches in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in east of country

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Sri Lankan media: seven arrested in police raid, three officers killed

Seven people have been arrested during a raid on a house in Colombo on Sunday, according to local media in Sri Lanka. Three officers reportedly died in the raid. We’ll bring you more details when we get them.FacebookTwitter

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Police say they have arrested three people so far. The government put the figure at seven earlier but police say several others have been arrested but not questioned. They remain in the dark as to the perpetrators and their motive, they say.

All of the politicians immediately condemned the attacks. They offered support for the victims families, they prayed that their souls will enter the Pearly Gates. They said that this incident won’t stop us from living in peace. They called the perpetrators sick in mind. Others were outraged, said the bombers must be brought to justice. The Pope weighed in saying the attack was “such cruel violence.”

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the media on Sunday evening.

During the briefing, he referred to allegations that officials had been in possession of intelligence suggesting an impending attack.

“We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken. Neither I nor the Ministers were kept informed,” he said.

“For now the priority is to apprehend the attackers,” he added.

Muslim groups in Sri Lanka condemn attacks

Two Muslim groups in Sri Lanka condemned the attacks on churches and hotels in the country on Easter Sunday that killed more than 200 people.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said it mourns the loss of innocent people in the blasts by violent elements who seek to divide religious and ethnic groups.

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