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India's bid to link Pakistan with deadly Sri Lanka bombings

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Fifty Muslim worshippers were killed and dozens wounded in the attack on two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 during Friday prayers. Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist from Australia, was charged in the shootings.

Regarding retaliation, the office of New Zealand's prime minister was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that it hadn't "seen any intelligence upon which such an assessment might be based."

Sri Lankan authorities, who have so far not named any of the nine suicide bombers or suspects officially, however, on Friday confirmed Hashim was one of the two suicide bombers who carried out the explosions at hotel Shangri-La, on Colombo's sea-facing Galle Road. He led the Islamist group in Kattankudy, in Batticaloa district of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province.

As Sri Lanka continues hunt for the bombing perpetrators, President Sirisena has given the military wartime powers to arrest suspects. The military has not had such sweeping power since the country's 26-year civil war, which ended in 2009.

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