Monthly Archives: May 2019

Understanding the Easter 2019 Attacks

Understanding the Easter 2019 Attacks

Abstract: Over the course of Easter Sunday 2019, eight bombs went off in popular hotels and historical churches across Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka; other coastal cities in the west; and towns in the east of the country, killing hundreds. The Islamic State-claimed attack …

The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings

The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings

When bombs planted in churches and hotels killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, few had realised that the nation had a problem with Islamist militancy. One man who did, reports the BBC’s Secunder Kermani, was Mohammad Razak Taslim. Lying on …

National Investigation Agency cleared to join probe into IS links

National Investigation Agency cleared to join probe into IS links

More than a month after suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the Union home ministry has given a go-ahead to National Investigation Agency (NIA) to join the probe into the attacks. This follows Colombo’s assent to share the …

Defeated in Middle East, ISIS Creates Presence in South Asia

Defeated in Middle East, ISIS Creates Presence in South Asia

Islamic State is creating a presence in South Asia after recent defeats in Iraq and Syria, where it ruled thousands of square miles of territory. Considered a terrorist group by the western world, ISIS announced the formation of bases in nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, two …

Vigneswaran writes to UN

Vigneswaran writes to UN

The Leader of Tamizh Makkal Koottanii and former NP CM, Jstice C.V.Wigneswaran has written a letter to the Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres that UNHRC Monitoring group has to be appointed for Sri Lanka to monitor the Human Rights Violations that are continuing …

The story of the 9 suicide bombers

The story of the 9 suicide bombers

At first, they were nameless. “Nine suicide bombers,” is all authorities would reveal. In a little over a week, the police identified each of them and their stories began coming out. Now, a month after Sri Lanka’s savage Easter attacks, a messy web of disgruntled …

One of the World’s Hottest Destinations. Now It’s Eerily Empty

One of the World’s Hottest Destinations. Now It’s Eerily Empty

Having landed a few minutes earlier here at Colombo’s international airport, our jam-packed flight from the Maldives is disembarking its crammed cabin, passengers marching down the arrival ramp under the watchful eyes of camouflaged police, standing easy in flak jackets, but hands firmly fixed on …

Bombers from rich families. Research explains what motivates them

Bombers from rich families. Research explains what motivates them

Two of the nine suicide bombers in Sri Lanka who killed more than 250 people on Easter Sunday were the sons of a rich and famous spice trader in the country. One of them had studied aerospace engineering at Kingston University, England, but did not …

Tread carefully

Tread carefully

Even as DNA tests conclusively proved that Zahran Hashim, chief suspect of the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka, died in the attacks, India worries that the growing tensions between the nation’s Buddhist majority and Muslim minority might plunge the island back into another crisis …

Hopes Dim After Terrorist Attack

Hopes Dim After Terrorist Attack

Even before the coordinated bombings that killed 250 people last month, Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister were in trouble — largely of their own making. Now calls for President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to step aside when their terms are over, …