It is "quite possible" that a "foreign mastermind" planned the deadly attacks in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena told Sky News. The president has also stated that it may be possible that the terrorist group Daesh* has started a "new strategy" by beginning to target smaller countries.
The statement comes days after Sri Lanka reimposed a two-day curfew in the territories surrounding the country's eastern city of Kalmunai, which was hit by three bombings on 26 April.
The international terrorist group Daesh has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks. Sri Lanka launched a criminal investigation into the attacks and has already arrested over 100 suspects. According to prosecutors, nine suicide bombers carried out the attacks, eight of whom have already been identified.
*Daesh (also known as IS/ISIS) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia.