(Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)
(Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)

The serial blasts in Sri Lanka which claimed 359 lives shook the entire world. Now, a report has surfaced saying that India had sent as many as three alerts to Sri Lanka about an imminent attack by terrorists.

According to the Hindustan Times, India also had sent tip-off to Sri Lanka hours before a series of suicide bombings. The first alert was on April 4, and it came from investigations by Indian agencies that followed after the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in December 2018, stumbled upon the videos of National Thowheed Jama’at (NTJ) leader Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim while probing the Islamic State (IS) Coimbatore module. In this first alert the Indian agencies told Sri Lanka that, apart from churches, the Indian High Commission in Colombo could be a target.

The second alert was sent a day before the attack and was even more specific than the first one in that it mentions the possible targets. And then the last alert was sent hours “hours before” the first strike. According to the NDTV report, the Indian intelligence officers contacted their Sri Lankan counterparts two hours before the first attack to warn of a specific threat on churches.

The death toll in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bomb attacks has risen to 359, police said on Wednesday amidst nationwide search operations to nab the perpetrators of the country’s worst terror attack. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the devastating Easter blasts in Sri Lanka and identified the suicide bombers who were involved in the attacks. Seven suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, in the country’s worst terror attack.