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NZ criticizes SL Gov over terror motivations

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister has criticized propositions that Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings were vengeance for the Christchurch mosque shootings, saying his country is being misrepresented it was reported.

But New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Tuesday restated his government had seen no evidence of a link associated with the Easter Sunday attacks.

He said expert guidance recommended the Sri Lankan bombings would have been intended well before the Christchurch terror attack.

Peters said it was a “fair doubt” the claim had been made to glance away from intelligence faults in Sri Lanka.

“We’re not going to stand here and have our country distorted,” Peters said.

While Islamic State has claimed responsibility, Sri Lankan police have in recent days raided the headquarters of an extreme Islamist group, the National Thawheedh Jamaath, founded by the suspected instigator of the bombings.

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