Tuesday, 11th May 2021

Investigations reveal foreign hand in Easter Sunday bombings

Colombo, May 21 (BAN/ AD): Investigations have revealed foreign hand behind Easter Sunday bombings which killed more than 250 people, investigators have told bombers used “Mother of Satan” explosives used by the ISIS group that are a new sign of foreign involvement. Detectives said the back-pack bombs used in the April 21 attacks on three churches and three hotels were made by local jihadists with ISIS training. The explosive is named triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, an unstable but easily made mixture favored by ISIS militants who call it “Mother of Satan”.

Same bomb was used in the 2015 attacks in Paris, by a suicide bomber who hit the Manchester Arena in England in 2017 and attacks on churches in Indonesia one year ago. ISIS has said Lankan bombers operated as part of its franchise. But Sri Lankan and international investigators are still to determine how much outside help went into the attacks that left 258 dead and 500 injured.

As official told “The group had easy access to chemicals and fertilizer to get the raw materials to make TATP.” National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), is accused by Government for carrying out attacks.

Initial investigations showed that C4 explosives – which was used by LTTE was used but forensic tests have revealed TATP which causes more burning than C4. Security forces have revealed that 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives found in January in the islands northwest was TATP.

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