Bombings in Sri Lanka – level 3

26-04-2019 07:00

On Sunday morning, at least eight explosions in Sri Lanka killed more than 300 people and injured 500.

Both locals and foreigners fell victim to the bombings which mark the country’s worst violence since the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009.

Sri Lankan officials previously accused a local Islamist militant group, but now people believe that multiple organisations are behind the deadly bombings. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings via its Amaq news agency, but it did not provide any evidence. Sri Lanka’s defence minister said that the explosions might have been in retaliation for the shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last month.

According to the Associated Press, the Sri Lankan security agencies had warning that a local group was planning a suicide attack, but we do not yet know what steps they took to prevent the attacks.

Difficult words: accuse (say that somebody did something wrong), evidence (proof, something which shows that something is true), retaliation (revenge).

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