Colombo, Sri Lanka (The Liberal Time) – Initial warnings from India’s intelligence services to Sri Lankan government ahead of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks were based on data collected from an ISIS suspect. Sri Lanka attacks, CNN has learned.
Delhi passed on oddly exact intelligence in the weeks and days directing to the assaults. Sri Lankan administrators have said, and at least some of it came from information found during the investigation of an ISIS suspect arrested in India. An Indian official told CNN.
The suspect provided investigators the name of a man he trained in Sri Lanka. Who is linked with a local extremist group concerned in the
In a report issued by the ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq. The group said the bombers were “fighters of the Islamic State.”
The participation of a foreign organization would clarify how a formerly marginal local extremist group accused of the attacks. National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ), could have pulled off one of the worst terrorist attacks since 9/11.
The number of victims could have been even greater. Experts said Tuesday that a fourth hotel was the original targets, but the assault at that place failed. Officials formerly said they located an unexploded pipe bomb close Colombo’s international airport.
As detectives scrambled to track down the attacker’s connections. There was rising anger in Sri Lanka at the failure to notice the warnings of India’s intelligence service.
The first notice came more than two weeks before the blast.
Sri Lankan officials were informed on April 4 of a possible plot to launch suicide bombing attacks against Christian churches and tourist hotels. Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne told journalists on Monday.
The warnings were repeated two days and two hours earlier the bombing attack, Senaratne said.