New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that she is aware of comments linking Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings to the mosque attacks in Christchurch, though she hasn’t received any official word or intelligence reports to corroborate what has been said.
Ms. Ardern spoke to reporters in Auckland on Wednesday after Sri Lanka’s Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, made the claim to Parliament, without offering evidence.
Ms. Ardern also added that Sri Lanka’s investigation is in its early stages and she is “stepping back” to allow authorities time to conduct their inquiries.
The Christchurch shootings killed 50 people in March.
The death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka crossed 500 on Wednesday.