Sri Lanka's defence minister, addressing the island nation's parliament, said that the attack was carried out in response to the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, which targeted Muslims, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
"Investigations reveal that this attack was carried out in response to the Christchurch Mosque Attack in New Zealand on Muslims. There was a security lapse leading to this devastation in Sri Lanka," he said.
In turn, the nation's former president, opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakshe said that a government that cannot ensure the safety of its citizens is of no use.
"When I handed over the government, it was free of terrorism. No such attack would have happened on our watch," he stressed.