Sri Lanka blasts: CCTV footage shows suspected bomber entering St Sebastian church moments before explosion | WATCH VIDEO

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Published: April 23, 2019 6:18:51 PM

At least 320 have been killed and 500 others have been wounded in the coordinated bombing that ripped through Colombo. Earlier today, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the serial blasts.

In the 26-second video, a young boy carrying a backpack can be seen walking into the church. (ANI)

Sri Lanka serial blasts: Two days after the attacks that killed over 300 people in Sri Lanka, a CCTV footage aired by a Sri Lankan channel offers the first glimpse of the individual who could be the suicide bomber behind the attack at St Sebastian church on Easter Sunday.

In the 26-second video, a young boy carrying a backpack can be seen walking into the church. Three churches — St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa — were attacked.

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At least 320 have been killed and 500 others have been wounded in the coordinated bombing that ripped through Colombo. Earlier today, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the serial blasts.

The Site Intelligence Group reported that the ISIS released a statement through its propaganda site AMAQ saying: “Those who carried out the attack that targeted members of the US-led coalition and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday is Islamic State group fighters.”

The Sri Lankan authorities have taken 40 suspects including the driver of a van allegedly used by the suicide bombers into custody. According to Sri Lanka police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera, 26 of them are with the CID and three are with the Terrorism Investigation Division. Nine suspects, who were arrested yesterday, have already been remanded.

Days before the attack, Sri Lanka police chief Pujuth Jayasundara had alerted that suicide bombers were planning to target ‘prominent churches’. The Intel report pointed to a local group National Thowheeth Jama’ath that could carry out the attack. State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has demanded the government to immediately ban National Thowheeth Jama’ath and list them as a terrorist organisation.

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