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He did not name the hotel or say how the attack had gone wrong.The government said on Tuesday that it had arrested 40 people in connection with the attacks, all of them Sri Lankans — an increase from the figure of 24 it gave on Monday.Of the half-dozen sites simultaneously attacked, the church in Negombo was the hardest hit. On Tuesday, priests wearing crisp white robes trimmed with black sashes held funerals in a large tent just outside the church. The neighborhood around the church had been turned into an enormous, fortified mourning ground, with hundreds of soldiers deployed in every direction and little white flags fluttering in the wind.
Addressing Sri Lankans for the first time since the attacks, Mr.
The group’s news agency, Amaq, released a bulletin on Tuesday claiming they had been carried out by “Islamic State fighters.” The statement, which was disseminated on the group’s chat rooms on the app Telegram, said that the bombings had been intended to target Christians, as well as citizens of countries belonging to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
In a later statement, the group identified the seven suicide bombers by their noms de guerre, and specified which of them had gone to which target on what it called “the infidel holiday.”Still later on Tuesday, Amaq published a video showing eight men — apparently the Sri Lanka attackers — pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, whom they called “emir of the believers.” They held their hands up, index fingers pointed skyward, in a gesture that the Islamic State has adopted to refer to belief in one God.
Muslim-owned shops were vandalized, and hundreds of Muslim families fled religiously mixed areas.
More than two days after the Sri Lanka bombings, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks.
The men are masked, except one who appears to be Mohammed Zaharan, who has been identified by Sri Lankan officials as the leader of the group that carried out the bombings.