Sri Lanka says attacks carried out by suicide bombers, international network involved

Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, an investigator said on Monday, while a government spokesman said an international network was involved.

According to spokesman Rajitha Senaratne, there was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded. Sri Lanka's President said the country will seek foreign assistance to track the international links.

Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo's seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government's forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels. A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital Colombo were also targeted. Welianga said investigations are still going on.

There was no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks, which mainly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down for breakfast buffets.

Source: VOV5