by James “JB” Bryson
In another show of cowardly soft target attacks, ISIS or “Daesh” cowards have come forward to claim responsibility behind killing worshipers at a church services on Easter.
Word is they will next plan a very dangerous attack on birthday parties, camping trips, parades, and other dangerous targets where they can expect to encounter people with the ability to fight back and defend themselves. PUSSIES
The jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS) today assumed responsibility for the series of attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka against churches and luxury hotels that killed at least 310 people and wounded more than 500.
“The executors of the attack that targeted the citizens of the coalition countries and Christians before yesterday are fighters of the Islamic State,” a security source told the Amaq news agency, akin to the jihadists, in a brief statement.
The authenticity of this information disseminated through the Telegram messaging network could not be verified.
The propaganda agency of the extremist group alludes in its statement to the international coalition, which is headed by the United States and consists of 75 countries.
The spokesman of the Police of Sri Lanka, Ruwan Gunasekara, told Efe today that the death toll in the attacks increased to 310 and more than 500 injured.
Among those killed there are at least 31 foreigners, including two Spaniards, one Bangladeshi, two Chinese, eight Indians, one French, one Japanese, one Dutch, one Portuguese, two Saudis, two Turks, six British, two Anglo-Americans and two Australians.
For its part, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today that 45 children are on the list of those who lost their lives.
The Sri Lankan government linked the attacks to the little-known local terrorist group of nationalist dyes National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ), but warned of possible foreign links.
In Sri Lanka the Christian population represents 7.4%, while Buddhists are 70.2%, Hindus 12.6% and Muslims 9.7%, according to the 2011 census.
The Arab countries and the institution of reference of Sunni Islam, Al Azhar, condemned the “despicable and brutal acts” that were aimed at people who attended mass in different churches and were in hotels.
Attacks of this magnitude had not taken place in Sri Lanka since the civil war between the Tamil guerrillas and the government, a conflict that lasted 26 years and ended in 2009, and that caused, according to the UN, more than 40,000 civilians killed.