Few details emerged Monday just hours after a series of deadly bombings targeted Sri Lanka’s churches and hotels took the lives of nearly 300 people; with the New York Times reporting local authorities were warned “weeks” in advance of the Easter attacks.
“In the days leading up to the devastating suicide attacks that killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the country’s security agencies had been closely watching a secretive cell of the National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamist organization that security officials in Sri Lanka now say carried out the attacks,” reports the New York Times.
“The security agencies had even been given specific intelligence on April 11 that the group, also known by the spelling National Thowheed Jama’ath, was planning to bomb Catholic churches. India appeared to have shared warnings with them about the group more than a week before then,” adds the author.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.