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Sri Lanka: 7 suicide attackers behind 6 bombings

April 22, 2019 10:49 A.M. (Updated: April 23, 2019 12:12 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings that struck Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo, targeting churches and luxury hotels, were carried out by seven suicide bombers, according to a Sri Lankan government investigator, on Monday.

Ariyananda Welianga, a forensic crime investigator, confirmed that after conducting an analysis of the attackers' body parts, it was made clear that they were suicide bombers.

Welianga said that most attacks were carried out by one bomber, while two others carried out the bombing at the Shangri-La Hotel.

In response to the attacks, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also condemned the terrorist bombings and described the attacks as “criminal and gruesome.”

He said in a statement, “Terrorism is spreading as an epidemic across the world. I call on the countries of the world to cooperate to eradicate terrorism and not to tolerate with racist groups that incite violence and hatred.”

Abbas offered condolences to the people and to the President of Sri Lanka, as well as to the bereaved families.

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