Muslim Militancy In Sri Lanka: Four Groups Based In Colombo – Former US Intelligence Officer

Muslim Militancy      There are four primary Muslim groups based in Colombo: Sri Lanka Jamthi Islam, Thauhid Jamath, Thableeq Jamath, and Jamathi Muslim.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington. This was reported in a leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database.

The cable discusses Muslim militancy in Sri Lanka. The cable is classified as CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN” and written on June 09, 2004. The cable is signed by the US Ambassador to Colombo Jeffrey J. Lunstead.

It reported that Muslim groups in eastern Sri Lanka have been visited by Pakistani organizers, and that Muslim youths have attended camps in Sri Lanka with names like Jihad, Ossama, Sadam, etc. These camps teach self-defense, but are not known to train in use of firearms.

The cable says that some Sri Lankan Muslims have left Sri Lanka to fight in jihads abroad. Others are sent to Saudi Arabia to work or attend college. One NGO in Sri Lanka that helps fund these activities is the Saudi-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), headed locally by a Sudanese national named Omar Idris DIRAR.” the Ambassador further wrote.

The report further said that there is a strong connection between the Sri Lankan underworld and Muslim militants. The connection is based on human, drug and weapons smuggling (many Muslims in the east are fishermen). Source estimated the most effective underworld organization is a Colombo-based group in the Maligawatte area.(Colombo Telegraph)

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