New Zealand: ‘No Evidence’ for Sri Lanka Claim Jihad Was Revenge for Christchurch reports: “Officials from other nations are disputing, or at least declining to support, Sri Lankan Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene’s contention that the Easter Sunday terrorist bombings in his country, which killed 359 people as of the latest count, were intended as retaliation for the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.

Wijewardene advanced his theory at a meeting with the Sri Lankan parliament on Tuesday without revealing any information that could establish a link between the Easter bombings and Christchurch. Terrorism experts immediately expressed skepticism that the sophisticated weapons and tactics employed in the Sri Lanka attacks could have been assembled in the month that has elapsed since the Christchurch atrocity.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern disputed the notion of retaliation for Christchurch at a press conference on Wednesday.

‘We haven’t received anything officially nor have we received any intelligence reports that corroborate what has been said in Sri Lanka,’ said Ardern.

‘Sri Lanka will be in the very early stages of its investigations. So we are simply stepping back and allowing them to undertake those, but we have nothing at this stage to corroborate what is being said,’ she elaborated…”

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