Security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo on Monday, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts.
The US believes it has identified a key operative in the attacks in Sri Lanka and has initially concluded that person has connections to international terrorism organizations, including ISIS, according to two US officials.
The US has a name of that individual and is trying to determine everything it can learn about the person’s nationality and ethnic background in hopes the details may provide more clues about the attack, CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.
The US believes that the attacks in Sri Lanka have “the hallmarks” of an ISIS-inspired attack, in part, due to the complexity of planning multiple attacks and the shocking nature of the violence, according to one of the officials familiar with the initial assessment.
For now, the US is trying to figure out just how involved ISIS may have been in facilitating the attacks, the official said. That includes whether ISIS operatives provided planning, financing, equipment to manufacture the bombs, and whether they met directly with Sri Lankan attackers.
“We are still looking at possible connections and how deep it went,” the official said.