Apr 24, 2019

"Not aware of SL bombing being linked to NZ bombings"

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her government was not aware of any intelligence suggesting that a devastating attack on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for deadly shootings on mosques in Christchurch.

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene speaking in Parliament yesterday said an initial investigation revealed the bombings on churches and hotels, which killed 359 people, had been carried out in revenge for deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques.

Ardern told reporters at a press conference in Auckland “We haven’t received anything officially nor have we received any intelligence reports that corroborate what has been said in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka will be in the very early stages of its investigations.

So we are simply stepping back and allowing them to undertake those, but we have nothing at this stage to corroborate what is being said”.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks yesterday and named what it said were seven attackers who carried them out.

It gave no further evidence to support its claim of responsibility.