The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the series of coordinated bombings at churches and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka but they did not provide any evidence to back up their claim.
IS made the announcement through a statement on its Amaq news agency on Tuesday, which identified 7 suicide bombers that had detonated explosive-laden vests at the 8 locations where the bombings occurred.
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister acknowledged the claim during a press briefing in the country's capital, Colombo.
''We certainly the security apparatus are of the view there are foreign links and some of the evidence points to that. So if the IS (Islamic State) claimed it, we will be following up on this claim. There was suspicion of links with IS, IS.''
According to multiple U.S intelligence agencies, ISIS is believed to have been involved in the Sri Lanka attack by helping the radical Muslim group Nations Thawahid Jaman.
The involvement of a foreign organization would explain how a previously marginal domestic extremist group could have been capable of committing such a sophisticated and coordinated attack.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.