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Church calls for Sri Lanka attacks probe
Church calls for Sri Lanka attacks probe

"This investigation should be thorough and should be transparent," Bishop J.D. Anthony Jayakody, the auxiliary bishop of Colombo, said in the capital on July 18. The report of its findings should be made pubic, he added. "If an independent body investigates on the Easter Sunday blasts, then the truth will come out," the bishop said. A local jihadist group called…

UCA News - Jul 19 15:36 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings
Wahhabism confronted: Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings

Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom’s ultra-conservative Wahhabi school of Islam for planting the seeds of militancy that culminated in deadly Easter bomb attacks.The outcry in Sri Lanka is the latest sign that Wahhabism, which critics deem a root cause of the jihadist…

Reuters - Jul 05 16:19 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Tamim Iqbal allays security fears ahead of Sri Lanka tour

    Tamim Iqbal allays security fears ahead of Sri Lanka tour

    Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal said on Monday that his team is happy to come forward in helping out Sri Lanka after being cleared by security, as the players are aware of how tough it can be when teams are starved off cricket at home. BCB opted not to tour Sri Lanka initially after security concern were raised following the terrorist attack in April, and only…

    CricBuzz - Jul 22 18:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka: Muslims Face Threats, Attacks

    Sri Lanka: Muslims Face Threats, Attacks

    Sri Lankan authorities have failed to take appropriate action against those seemingly inciting violence against members of the Muslim community. On June 16, one of Sri Lanka’s most senior monks, Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero, delivered a nationally televised speech in which he propagated widespread but baseless claims that Muslim restaurants are seeking to…

    HRW - Jul 05 15:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Fear haunts refugees in Sri Lanka in wake of attacks

    Fear haunts refugees in Sri Lanka in wake of attacks

    While many from the local community stepped in to try and help, they were driven out of their rented homes by others who accused them of being connected to bomb attacks on churches and hotels around the country on April 21 that killed 250 people and injured many more. As they shelter in the city, which was the site of one of the church attacks, UNHCR, the UN…

    UNHCR - May 30 17:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, UN ]

  • Sri Lanka's hardline Buddhist monk walks out of jail after pardon

    Sri Lanka\'s hardline Buddhist monk walks out of jail after pardon

    Hundreds of his followers and dozens of monks waited for hours outside Welikada prison in Colombo to see Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, but the monk left through a separate gate, which a monk from his group said was due to security concerns. Some followers carried a distorted national flag which excluded the green and orange color strips which represent ethnic minority…

    Reuters - May 24 16:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • One Month Since Easter Sunday, A Pledge From Us To You

    One Month Since Easter Sunday, A Pledge From Us To You

    We will shine the spotlight on as many stories as our resources will permit — from the children whose worlds were thrown off axis by the blasts to the small-time candle vendors outside Kochchikade Church who struggle to rebuild their businesses. We will continue to pass on the mic to those whose narratives need amplification, because we would have failed otherwise.

    Roar - May 21 15:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Jacinda Ardern: How to Stop the Next Christchurch Massacre

    Jacinda Ardern: How to Stop the Next Christchurch Massacre

    A terrorist attack like the one in Christchurch could happen again unless we change. New Zealand could reform its gun laws, and we did. We can tackle racism and discrimination, which we must. We can review our security and intelligence settings, and we are. But we can’t fix the proliferation of violent content online by ourselves. We need to ensure that an attack…

    NY Times - May 13 01:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Colombo, World ]

  • Saudi educated trainer of Easter bombing kingpin held in Sri Lanka

    Saudi educated trainer of Easter bombing kingpin held in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, throwing a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahabi Islam on the island’s Muslims. Mohamed Aliyar, 60, is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance (CIG), which boasts a mosque, a…

    Hindu - May 13 00:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • The lesson from Sri Lanka: Be wary of radical preachers

    The lesson from Sri Lanka: Be wary of radical preachers

    Sometimes, I admit, we fail to appreciate the good work done by the police. Certainly there are corrupt policemen, and officers who abuse their powers; certainly there are officers who are unprofessional and politicised. And certainly the police force can do much more to curb crime. But, on the whole, most of them carry out their duties well enough to keep us safe,…

    Free Malaysia Today - Apr 30 17:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • After bombings, Sri Lanka is caught between the good and evil of social media

    After bombings, Sri Lanka is caught between the good and evil of social media

    Easter Sunday, a series of coordinated bombings killed hundreds in Sri Lanka. In the tense hours following the attacks, a social media blackout left much of the country barred from major communication channels—Facebook, Viber, WhatsApp—in the interest of “national security.” The ISIS-supported attack marks the most violence the country has faced since its…

    CJR - Apr 30 17:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s President Lifts Ban on Social Media

    Sri Lanka’s President Lifts Ban on Social Media

    Sri Lanka’s president on Tuesday called for the “immediate” lifting of a temporary ban on several social media networks, a clampdown that had been intended to prevent the spread of misinformation after devastating suicide bombings on Easter. The restrictions, which were put into place quickly after attacks at three churches and three high-end hotels killed…

    New York Times - Apr 30 17:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Perfect Storm of Failure

    Sri Lanka’s Perfect Storm of Failure

    There are questions surrounding exactly who sponsored this attack, but the real question is whether it could have been stopped. Although more evidence will emerge over time, the information trickling out paints a damning picture. The attacks were preventable, but compound failures let them happen. Sri Lankan authorities failed to anticipate the threat from Islamist…

    FP - Apr 24 12:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • ISIS claim for Sri Lanka bombings supported by 'some of the evidence,' PM says

    ISIS claim for Sri Lanka bombings supported by \'some of the evidence,\' PM says

    But if nothing else, its boasts about marking the "infidel holiday" of Easter with the six Sri Lankan strikes demonstrates that the group retains ambitions to be the world's foremost terrorist brand, despite losing the last remnants of its caliphate in Iraq and Syria. ISIS has also claimed responsibility for a Sunday attack in Saudi Arabia, in which four men armed…

    CBC - Apr 23 19:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka warned of threat hours before suicide attacks - sources

    Sri Lanka warned of threat hours before suicide attacks - sources

    One of the Sri Lankan sources said a warning was also sent by the Indians on Saturday night. The Indian government source said similar messages had been given to Sri Lankan intelligence agents on April 4 and April 20. Sri Lanka’s presidency and the Indian foreign ministry both did not respond to requests for comment. Sri Lanka’s failure to effectively…

    Reuters - Apr 23 19:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Colombo, World ]

  • A Scholar of Extremism on How Religious Conflict Shapes Sri Lanka

    A Scholar of Extremism on How Religious Conflict Shapes Sri Lanka

    There is another important component in this, which is that we are going into an election, in December. The Rajapaksa family, which was in power during the last days of the conflict, is trying to get back into power. And I also think the Rajapaksa family will again use this as an argument against the Prime Minister, to say, “This guy is weak on terrorism. This guy…

    New Yorker - Apr 23 19:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Scale of Sri Lankan attacks suggests Isis ‘sub-contracted’ bombings

    Scale of Sri Lankan attacks suggests Isis ‘sub-contracted’ bombings

    But extremists like these would have needed significant assistance to put together such a complex operation. The bombs on Sunday needed thorough reconnaissance of targets, bomb-making skills, safe houses, explosives, vehicles and coordination. Most Islamic extremist attackers in recent years have sought the support of senior militant leaders and often the religious…

    Guardian - Apr 23 19:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Chilling Warning

    Sri Lanka’s Chilling Warning

    The Easter Sunday attacks are symptoms of a spreading regional sickness. Though terrorism is a depressingly familiar feature of modern life, some attacks are so awful they rattle even the most hardened among us. The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed at least 290 people, certainly qualify. First there is the shocking bloodthirstiness…

    Bloomberg - Apr 23 17:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Australians killed in Sri Lanka bombings planned to move back to Australia next year

    Australians killed in Sri Lanka bombings planned to move back to Australia next year

    An Australian woman and her daughter who were killed in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka had planned to move back to Melbourne next year. Australian citizens Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter Alexendria were killed when a bomb exploded in a church in Negombo, north of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. Ms Suriaaratchi's husband, Sudesh…

    ABC - Apr 23 17:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Australia ]

  • Sri Lanka: boy, 8, related to Bangladeshi leader and UK MP, among young victims

    Sri Lanka: boy, 8, related to Bangladeshi leader and UK MP, among young victims

    An eight-year-old relative of the Bangladeshi prime minister was among more than 300 people killed in a wave of coordinated suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, according to reports in the country. Zayan Chowdhury, who was also a relative of British Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, was having breakfast with his father at a hotel in Colombo when a suicide bomber…

    Guardian - Apr 23 17:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

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