Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The past reminds me

In the Sri Lankan church and the hotel, 290 people were killed in a terrorist attack. In addition, hundreds of people were injured. The incident took place on Sunday morning. Media reports said eight blasts occurred. The blast occurred in Negombo, Batikula and Kochchikad. It also had three luxury hotels in the capital Colombo. Earlier, in March 2018, Buddhists carried out mosques, Muslim establishments and houses in the country.

The attack was mainly targeted by the country's 1.5 million Christians. The blasts occur one after the other. But there were fewer intervals between the two explosions. As a result, one group of attackers could not warn others. Around 200 church morcha National Christian Evangelical Alliance They said, about 86 incidents of violence and violence last year have occurred against Christians. Colombo's hotel attack has been targeted by people who travel to Sri Lanka. This attack reminds the Mumbai attacks of 2008 in India.

The attacks were targeted in luxury hotels, busy railway stations and Jewish provinces. According to the intelligence report of India, there was no attack on Mumbai to increase the number of casualties. Foreign tourists were also aiming at attracting the attention of international media. Later India identified the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba as the attack. But there is a difference of Sunday's attack against the Mumbai attacks. In Sri Lanka several attacks were carried out, and India was attacked only in Mumbai.

Sri Lanka has a long history of communal violence But it is not clear, whether the repetition of history has happened. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was formed in 1976 by armed groups of Tamils ​​freedom fighters. Later, they attacked the police and the army. In 1997, the US State Department gave the order for LTTE terrorist organization.

 The civil war ended in 2009. According to the UN, nearly 40,000 civilians were killed in the last part of the civil war. But communal tensions grew again last year. Especially because of Buddhist attacks on Muslims, it has increased. Earlier in 2016, the government had said that 32 Sri Lankan joined the IS.

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