Sri Lanka bombings: 45 children killed in terror attack، says UNICEF
Tuesday 23/April/2019 - 12:20 PM
Sri Lanka bombings: 45 children killed in terror attack
Forty-five children have died in the terror attack in Sri Lanka، it has today been confirmed.
UNICEF says the death toll of infants in the country is rising after the bombings، according to Mirror webiste.
Christophe Boulierac، charity spokesman، said many of these victims were on holiday with their family.
Hotels and churches were targeted in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
The total death toll has already exceeded 300.
The investigation into the atrocity today found the bombings were carried out by local Islamist extremists in retaliation for the deadly mosque attacks in New Zealand.
Sri Lanka's state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament: "The initial investigation has revealed that this was in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack.
"It was done by National Thowfeek Jamaath along with JMI (Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim)."
The suicide bombers were all Sri Lankan citizens but the group is believed to have links with foreign terrorist networks and was at least inspired by by ISIS.
No group has claimed responsibility.
Amid fears of further attacks، Sri Lanka's national police force has told its officers to be on the lookout for vehicles that could be used in suicide blasts، including a lorry and a van believed to be packed with explosives.
A British father has lost his entire family in the attack.
Ben Nicholson was on holiday with his wife Anita، 42، son Alex، 11، and young daughter Annabel، who have been confirmed dead.
He was seen walking the streets "covered in blood" after the atrocity، according to a medic at the emergency triage department in the National Hospital in Colombo.