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Haven't Seen Intel Reports Linking Sri Lankan Attacks to Christchurch Shooting, Says New Zealand PM

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Last Updated: April 24, 2019, 21:48 IST

A file photo of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (Reuters)

A file photo of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. (Reuters)

Colombo has claimed that that the Easter attacks were in retaliation for the mosque massacres in Christchurch last month. However, PM Jacinda Ardern said Sri Lanka is in the early stages of its investigation and that New Zealand plans to stand back and allow it to proceed.

Auckland: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Wednesday said she has not received any official advice from Sri Lanka or seen any intelligence reports to corroborate claims from Colombo that the Easter attacks were in retaliation for the mosque massacres in Christchurch last month.

Ardern told reporters in Auckland that Sri Lanka is in the early stages of its investigation, and that New Zealand plans to stand back and allow it to proceed.

She said she hadn't been in direct contact with Sri Lanka, although officials from the two countries were in contact.

Sri Lanka's State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene on Tuesday said the government had evidence the bombings were carried out by an Islamic fundamentalist group in retaliation for the March 15 mosque shootings in Christchurch that killed 50 people.
first published:April 24, 2019, 21:17 IST
last updated:April 24, 2019, 21:48 IST