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Back to Sri Lanka.

The govt seem quite ready to point the finger and assign a motive, although no one has claimed responsibility, or given any reason why Sri Lankan Christians should be a target.

Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates | Sri Lanka News | Al Jazeera
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cabinet spokesperson and health minister Rajitha Senaratne blamed the bombings on National Thowheeth Jama'ath, a little-known Muslim organisation.
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An initial probe into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka shows it was "retaliation for Christchurch," the country's deputy defence minister said.
Meanwhile, it seems the government had a lot of intel but failed to act.

Sri Lanka Was Warned of Possible Attacks. Why Didnít It Stop Them? - The New York Times

Strange indeed.
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Originally Posted by erimir View Post
It seems to be suspected to be an attack by Islamists, which was not my first thought given the history of sectarian violence involving both Hindus and Buddhists. The attack on Christians wouldn't really make sense for Tamil nationalists/Hindu extremists but I suppose Buddhist extremists could be so motivated. But for Muslims in the country it's also strange that they would target another minority group - it doesn't make any sense if they have an issue with the government of Sri Lanka, which tends to prioritize the Buddhist majority's interests...
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