Sri Lankan president says foreign mastermind may be behind bombings

Sri Lankan president said Daesh might be targeting smaller countries as part of a new strategy. (AFP/File)
Updated 01 May 2019
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Sri Lankan president says foreign mastermind may be behind bombings

  • Sri Lanka’s president said Daesh may have started a “new strategy”
  • Officials believe members of two local militant groups were involved in the attacks

A foreign mastermind may have planned the Sri Lankan Easter Sunday bombings, President Maithripala Sirisena told Sky News.
Sirisena also warned it may be possible Daesh has launched a “new strategy” by targeting smaller countries, Sky News said on Wednesday.
The April 21 attacks on hotels and churches in Sri Lanka killed more than 250 people, including 40 foreign nationals.
Authorities suspect members of two previously little-known groups — National Thowheed Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim — of carrying out the attacks, although Daesh has claimed responsibility.


Merkel suffers new trembling spell on eve of G20

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Merkel suffers new trembling spell on eve of G20

  • The shaking went on for two minutes, according to a DPA photographer who was present at the event
  • Her previous bout of shaking last Tuesday had been blamed on dehydration on a hot summer’s day

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday suffered another episode of uncontrolled trembling, a week after a similar incident that sparked questions about her health.
The latest lapse came hours before Merkel was due to board a plane for the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
The German leader began to tremble as she stood next to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was giving a speech at a ceremony to formally appoint a new justice minister.
The shaking went on for two minutes, according to a DPA photographer who was present at the event.
Merkel folded her arms visibly in a bid to stop the trembling.
She only finally brought it under control once she was able to take a few steps.
She was offered a glass of water but turned it down.
Her previous bout of shaking last Tuesday had been blamed on dehydration on a hot summer’s day.
Despite the latest incident, a German government spokesman said Merkel would not be canceling any appointments on Thursday and Friday.
“The chancellor is well,” he said, adding that she will be flying as planned to Osaka for the G20 summit.
Merkel, frequently called the European Union’s most influential leader and the most powerful woman in the world, turns 65 next month.
She has said she will leave politics at the end of her term, in 2021.
There were brief concerns about her health in 2014 when she was taken ill during a television interview. The broadcast was briefly interrupted when she experienced a drop in blood pressure.
Her spokesman Steffen Seibert explained at the time the leader did not feel well for a moment, then ate and drank something and continued the interview.