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    Sri Lanka terror attack; over 200 dead

    "More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries after a series of blasts devastated three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

    "The targets were Catholic worshippers attending Easter Mass and guests at high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists."

    https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/...easter-sunday/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    "More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries after a series of blasts devastated three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

    "The targets were Catholic worshippers attending Easter Mass and guests at high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists."

    https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/...easter-sunday/
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    More from the religion of peace? My Christ richly welcome our martyred brothers and sisters into His Kingdom...
    Not sure who is to blame yet but the government issued warnings about a week ago due to threats from a radical Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Not sure who is to blame...
    It's not hard to guess.
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    How about we wait for proof? I know that is hard for some who would rather blame but...
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    It's not stupid to wait for evidence in this of all countries, considering Sri Lanka has an extensive history of Hindu terrorism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    Sri Lanka has an extensive history of Hindu terrorism.
    Are Hindu terrorists known for wearing suicide vests?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    Are Hindu terrorists known for wearing suicide vests?
    Yes. https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...iraq-sri-lanka
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    But it appears it was after all Islamic extremists

    Source: Sri Lanka Points to Islamist Militants in Easter Bombing Attacks


    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—The Sri Lanka government voiced suspicions that an obscure radical Islamist group organized the devastating series of Easter Sunday attacks on churches and tourist hotels that killed 290 people.

    Government officials said some of the suicide bombers and others arrested were linked to a group known as National Thowheeth Jamath, which they had identified earlier this month as the unnamed group Indian and U.S. security services had earlier warned was planning attacks in Sri Lanka.

    The sophistication of the Easter-morning attacks indicated to Sri Lankan and international terror experts that whoever carried them likely had help from experienced international terrorists, perhaps even al Qaeda or Islamic State, Sri Lankan officials said.

    “We have found that ITJ was involved in the attacks,” said Rajitha Senaratne, a government spokesman and the country’s health commissioner, using an abbreviation for what he called “a local organization.”

    While Mr. Senaratne said the government didn’t know of links to an international terror group, he said: “We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country.”

    “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have occurred,” he added

    No one has publicly claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    Authorities have arrested 26 people in connection with the bombings. Nine men, all of whom the government said were employees in a factory owned by a suspected perpetrator killed in one of the hotel bombings, were remanded to jail by a judge. They were the first suspects to appear in court on Monday.

    Police said they discovered 87 detonators, apparently abandoned, at a private bus stand in the capital. Two more explosive devices were also discovered, one late Sunday near the airport and another on Monday in a van near the location where one of at least eight blasts occurred on Sunday. Police conducted a controlled detonation of the device found on Monday, causing no injuries.

    After an emergency meeting of the country’s security counsel, President Maithripala Sirisena announced that a state of emergency would take effect at midnight at the end of the Monday and a new curfew would be imposed from evening to morning. The emergency declaration allows the military to make arrests and hold those arrested without charges or appearances before a court for more than a day. A ban on social media remains in effect in the country.

    Government officials and investigators underscored the elaborate coordination required for such an ambitious attack, which began with nearly simultaneous explosions at six churches and tourist hotels in and far beyond the capital. At some of the targets, such as the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, two suicide bombers apparently worked together to maximize carnage: Survivors of the first blast at a restaurant fled out toward where the second bomber detonated his device, according to authorities.

    The bomb at the St. Sebastian Church north of Colombo detonated in the midst of the congregation while the Easter sermon was being delivered. Investigators and security analysts said the plan carefully targeted Christians, either in church or vacationing in hotels during Easter holiday. That pattern, they said, has long marked attacks carried out by radical Islamic groups in the Middle East and has emerged in recent international attacks by groups such as Islamic State as their Middle East strongholds are destroyed and they scatter globally.

    “This attack took a lot of planning, which is surprising for a group that most have never heard of,” said Raffaello Pantucci of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, a think tank based in London, referring to the Sri Lankan government’s mention of National Thowheeth Jamath. “That makes me suspect that there is an external link, and Islamic State or al Qaeda are the obvious suspects.”

    The Sri Lankan government said it received warnings from security officials in India and the U.S. on April 4 that they had picked up indications that attacks were being planned in Sri Lanka. While those warnings didn’t include the name of the group, Sri Lankan security officials linked them to National Thowheeth Jamath in a circular it distributed to police authorities on April 9.

    The group, whose name translates to National Unification Group, is known to have has expressed hard-line views. The local Islamist group originated in 2009 on Sri Lanka’s east coast, where it preached a conservative Salafist form of Islam known as Salafism. The group last year came to be known for defacing Buddhist imagery and inciting religious conflict.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    But it appears it was after all Islamic extremists
    Let's not call them extremists when they're simply doing what's commanded in their holy texts and following the example of their founder. It's like calling a Christian who refrains from drunkenness and debauchery and cares for the poor a "Christian extremist".
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