NO EVIDENCE ISLAMIC STATE HAD FOREKNOWLEDGE OF SRI LANKA BOMBINGS, SAYS OFFICIAL | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


NO EVIDENCE ISLAMIC STATE HAD FOREKNOWLEDGE OF SRI LANKA BOMBINGS, SAYS OFFICIAL

SOURCE: INTELNEWS.ORG
It is not at all clear that the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claimed responsibility of the Sri Lanka bombings in April, had foreknowledge of the attacks, according to a top official. The militant Sunni group claimed it was behind the nine suicide blasts that targeted Catholic churches and five-star hotels in Sri Lanka’s western and eastern coastal regions on April 21. The near-simultaneous bombings killed 258 people and injured over 500. They are believed to constitute the bloodiest terrorist attack in the country’s history. Interestingly, many questioned the authenticity of the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility, which came a full two days following the deadly blasts. The group typically issues statements immediately following attacks by its followers around the world. The 48-hour delay in the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, therefore, was deemed “uncharacteristic” by some experts.

Now The Hindu, India’s most-circulated English-language daily, has claimed that the Islamic State probably became aware of the Sri Lanka attacks after they happened. The Islamic State’s news agency, Amaq, issued a statement of responsibility, accompanied by a video showing the suicide bombers pledging allegiance to al-Baghdadi. But The Hindu has quoted “a senior official […] familiar with the probe” into the attacks, who claims that the militant group was contacted by its followers in Sri Lanka only after the attacks made international news headlines. A local Salafi jihadist communicated with the Islamic State on behalf of the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), the local group that carried out the bombings. The Islamic State then secured the video of the suicide bombers “through a third party”, said the senior official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true (hard to prove, either way) it gives us yet another insight as to how these groups act, and exchange information.

The video, in al-Baghdadi's hands, would, of course, be a PR "coup", even if it was not his group directly, but some underlings who actually did this attack, before he even knew it had happened.

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