New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that her government was not aware of any intelligence suggesting that a devastating attack on Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the mosque massacres in Christchurch last month.
Sri Lanka is in the early stages of its investigation, and New Zealand plans to stand back and allow it to proceed, Ardern told reporters in Auckland.
She further added, “We haven’t received anything officially nor have we received any intelligence reports that corroborate what has been said in Sri Lanka.”
She said she hadn’t been in direct contact with Sri Lanka, although officials from both the countries were in contact.
Sri Lanka’s Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene on Tuesday said the government had evidence that the bombings were carried out by an Islamic fundamentalist group in retaliation for mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people. Although he did not disclose the evidence.
However Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that investigators were making progress in identifying the perpetrators and believed there could be some links to the IS group.