The Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka that killed over 300 people on Sunday. The terror group released a picture of eight terrorists through its propaganda ‘Amaq’ news agency.
“The executors of the attack that targeted citizens of coalition states and Christians in Sri Lanka two days ago were with the group,” said the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activities.
The terror group not only released pictures of the terrorists but also made their names public. Abu Ubaida, Abu al-Mukhtar, Abu Khalil, Abu Hamza, Abu al-Barra, Abu Muhammad and Abu Abdullah are the seven suicide bombers who carried out the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.
Not much information has been shared about the eighth man who has been pictured in the communiqué released by the terror group.
Claiming that the bombings killed over 350 people, the IS statement noted that the pictured men were “the commando brothers in Sri Lanka” who carried out the attack.
A brief translation of the statement reads: “In the name of Allah, our inghimasi fighters went to many churches and hotels that have Christian people. Abu Hamza attacked Antony Church in Colombo and blew himself up in the middle of the people. Abu Khalil went to Sebastian (St Sebastian Church) church in Negombo and bombed himself in the middle of the people who were celebrating Easter.”