Sri Lanka bombings

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,053
T'Republic of Yorkshire
#1
This thread is to discuss the Sri Lanka attacks. The other thread is closed due to getting off-topic and heated.

Please stick with discussing the facts, and not speculation or comparison. Remember to disagree respectfully, and stay on topic. As news emerges, we will know more about who was actually responsible. Speculation is not helpful.
 
Oct 2013
14,533
Europix
#5
It also seems there was intelligence about a potential attack but this was not passed on to ministers.
One of the hypothesis/theories ATM is that, as the President and the Prime Minister are political enemies, their continuous fights polarised the governmental and security/police services, services that no longer cooperate as they should. It seems that the informative note "had lost its way trying to pass from a service to another".
 
Oct 2015
1,133
India
#7
There are reports in Indian media that intelligence was available in advance regarding a possible attack and the same was passed on to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Govt has also acknowledged (without naming India) that intelligence was available in advance but was not acted upon.

The attack was carried out by a local outfit in Sri Lanka named NTJ (National Thowheeth Jamaath). Sri Lankan Govt has arrested 25+ local people and said that most likely there was international support for the attack.

Soon after the sad incident I had tweeted that this was revenge for New Zealand. Given the facts that churchs were targeted - which is very rare in South Asia - such a conclusion was warranted. Now Sri Lankan Govt has also accepted this angle.

More than 48 hours after the attack, ISIS has claimed responsibility for it. Delayed reporting is not ISIS style (they gave a live telecast of a beheading or similar act) and earlier too they are known to have lied / made false claims to add to their halo. Most likely, attack should have been master-minded in a country which has a high concentration of Islamic terror organizations.
 
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Oct 2015
1,133
India
#9
This thread is to discuss the Sri Lanka attacks. The other thread is closed due to getting off-topic and heated.

Please stick with discussing the facts, and not speculation or comparison. Remember to disagree respectfully, and stay on topic. As news emerges, we will know more about who was actually responsible. Speculation is not helpful.
If we only post facts as they emerge from investigations of Sri Lankan or other Govts, then there is limited scope for discussion.

In any case the attack has an international angle as Sri Lankan Govt admits to revenge angle and feels sure of international support. Radical Islam ("Islamism" in US) is a global phenomena and organizations engaged in it are connected to greater or lesser degree. There is a mindset issue also. At some stage these too should be explored.
 
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Oct 2013
14,533
Europix
#10
Reuters claims that ISIS was responsible.
Not exactly.

Reuters said (I quote) " ... - Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people in what officials believe was retaliation for assaults on mosques in New Zealand. ... "


Actually, as long as there is just one guy left, that can type on a connected device, credible enough to pass as "ISIS", claiming any attack perpetrated by a Muslim, he can be bluffing with the certitude to "win".

If the attack is later confirmed to have some link with the ISIS organisation, it a "win": "You see, I told You". So ISIS is still alive, still acting.

If inquiry is ending in a dead-end (it can happen), if the link with ISIS isn't confirmed, it's "Ha, "they" try to cover it, it's "PC", as usual". So ISIS is still alive, still acting.

Claiming is a win-win, for ISIS.
 
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