ISIS claims responsibility for terror attack in Sri Lanka


There have been two breaking developments in the Sri Lankan terror attack. Islamic State has claimed responsibility, and it’s been connected to the shootings in New Zealand. Meanwhile funerals for more than three hundred people killed are underway.

Georgie Hewson reports.

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It was a day of National Mourning in Sri Lanka.

It was also the day Australian man Sudesh Kolonne buried his wife and daughter.

Sudesh Kolonne, Victim’s Husband: “Before the bomb blast two minutes I just walked outside. Then the bomb went off. And my daughter and wife died in my hands.”

They were attending Sunday Easter services in Colombo.

Sudesh Kolonne, Victim’s Husband:”She loved Australia she to sing, loved to dance.”

Meanwhile it’s been revealed two more Australians have been killed.

Sally Bradley and Bill Harrop a British born couple who lived in Perth.

Suspected suicide bombers have also been caught on camera entering one of the churches, moments before detonating.

This comes as Islamic state claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minster says it may be linked to the Christchurch massacre.

Ranil Wickremsinghe, Prime Minister: “The attack, is possible it could have been because of the Christchurch attacks, we cannot say here.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responded in a statement saying she wasn’t aware of a connection.

Sri Lanka remains in a state of emergency with night curfews as more bombs could yet be located.

Georgie Hewson, QUT News.