Sri Lanka's former president Sirisena named suspect in 2019 Easter bombings
On April 21, 2019, nine suicide bombers belonging to the local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to ISIS carried out a series of blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing 270 people.
2019 Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Blasts: Court Names Ex-President Maithripala Sirisena as Suspect
A Sri Lankan court named former president Maithripala Sirisena as a suspect in the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings case. A magistrate’s court in Colombo directed the former president to appear in court on October 14. The court summoned the former president following a private plaint related to the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.