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Afraid but unbowed: Sri Lanka Catholics pray for Easter bombing victims

Afraid but unbowed: Sri Lanka Catholics pray for Easter bombing victims

Church bells tolled mournfully at Colombo’s devastated St Anthony’s Shrine on Sunday, as scores of Christians wept but defiantly prayed and lit candles for the victims of the horrific Easter bombings. The bells rang out at 8.45 am, the moment a jihadist suicide bomber detonated …

Respect human rights while fighting terror

Respect human rights while fighting terror

The United States has said that while applying improved safety mechanisms to protect Sri Lanka’s citizens from new threats, it is imperative that the Sri Lankan government do so in ways that also protect rule of law and that do not infringe upon the human rights …

A preview of ISIS’s Future

A preview of ISIS’s Future

Two days after the bombings in Sri Lanka, the Islamic State came out and said it was behind them. It backed up its claim with video evidence that showed the attackers gathering in front of its flag to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the …

A completely changed person’: Friend says, radicalised in Australia,

A completely changed person’: Friend says, radicalised in Australia,

A close friend of Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed’s said he became radicalised during his time in Australia.  The suicide bomber studied a postgraduate degree at Melbourne’s Swinburne University from 2009 before leaving the country in 2013. “He was really angry with the US and its alliance’s attacks …

Sri Lankan authorities have pointed the finger of blame at an obscure group, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), for carrying out a series of coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday killing more than 350 people. Police have arrested at least 76 people, including alleged NTJ members, …

Indian security agencies suspect that the recent terror attack in Sri Lanka was financed by a Pakistan-based drug cartel. Drug smugglers based in Pakistan have been using the Sri Lankan sea route for the last seven years to export drugs to Europe after a clamp …

NTJ wanted separate Islamic confederate in region

NTJ wanted separate Islamic confederate in region

Central agencies responsible for countering the influence of Islamic State in India have found that Sri Lanka-based National Towheed Jama’at (NTJ), a Tamil Nadu-based outfit and some people from Kerala were in regular touch for over a year to create a “separate Islamic confederation” in …

India sent alerts to Sri Lanka

India sent alerts to Sri Lanka

Intelligence inputs regarding a possible terror attack in Sri Lanka were shared by Indian agencies with their Sri Lankan counterparts earlier this month after the National Investigation Agency completed its probe into an Islamic State-inspired module planning to kill prominent leaders in South India, officials …

The days after

The days after

The first reaction of disbelief after receiving news of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, with more than 350 now confirmed dead, has not dissipated. The emotions are reminiscent to what most of us felt when we first heard news of the 2004 tsunami. …

Islamic State and Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania Claim Responsibility for  Attacks

Islamic State and Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania Claim Responsibility for Attacks

The Islamic State and the Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania group have both claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks carried out in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Reuters quoted the Islamic State’s AMAQ news agency to say that the organization has claimed responsibility for the multiple suicide bombings …