Editorial

Threat to civilisation

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/23/2019 12:33:02 PM IST

 A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through several high-end hotels and three churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the toll of which has risen to 320 besides injuring 500 others. It was Easter Sunday bloodbath in Sri Lanka for church goers at St. Anthony’s Shrine, Colombo; St. Sebastian’s Church, Negombo and Zion Church, Batticaloa. These churches are located in the heart of the country’s minority Christian community - in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. The suicide bombers also triggered blasts in three luxury hotels in the capital city of Colombo- the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury. The death toll has climbed to 312 dead and around 500 injured. Suicide bombings have become the modus operandi of extreme radical terrorist groups most of whom are found to be Islamic jihadi groups. The attacks in Sri Lanka were believed to have been carried out by the local militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath. According to reports the hitherto unknown terror group in Sri Lanka is believed to be growing in number and authorities have estimated that there could be anywhere between 100 to 150 terrorists. Reports in media claim that the Sri Lanka blasts were reprisals for the Christchurch attack on a Mosque on March 15. In the attack on two Mosques, an Australian gunmen- Brenton Tarrant- described as a white supremacists killed fifty and injured an equal number. After the horrific Christchurch killings, there was suspicion that it could be used as an excuse by Islamic terror groups to take revenge. Innocent people remain helpless and are soft targets for murderers and terrorists around the world who justify their murderous acts. Activists, faith leaders and politicians are apprehensive that the Easter Sunday blasts could inflame communal tensions in Batticaloa as well as in Sri Lanka, where nearly three-quarters of the population are Sinhalese Buddhists. Tamils, who are mostly Hindu, account for nearly 15 percent, while Muslims and Christians make up 10 percent and six percent of the population, respectively. Sri Lankan government security agencies seemed to have ignored warnings issued by Indian and US intelligence about likelihood of suicide bombers targeting churches ten days before they actually happened. Harsha de Silva, cabinet minister, told CNN that US and Indian intelligence warned Sri Lankan officials before the attacks. Speaking at a news conference in Colombo, he apologized for the failure to act on that intelligence. The former senior police official also said the security services had been aware of the group linked to the attacks, National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ), for at least two years. The National Thowfeek Jamaath(NTJ) is believed to have some kind of link with the murderous ISIS international terror group. After the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in Colombo finally ended decades of murderous attacks and cold blooded massacres by the LTTE in 2009, Sri Lanka experienced peace. However, Rajapaksa was undone by international human rights groups and liberals who pursued charges against his government. Many military officers and intelligence officials were charged and jailed. This had a demoralising effect on the Sri Lankan security forces and which was believed to have been one reason why the security agencies were not proactive in following up the intelligence warning. Terror is the biggest threat to mankind and needs to be uprooted if there is belief that ‘terror has no religion’.

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