Soldiers stand guard outside a mosque in Colombo on April 26. Photo: AFP

In Sri Lanka, rising Islamic militancy was the proverbial elephant in the room

  • For years, the country’s political elite wilfully overlooked a burgeoning extremist problem as they courted the Muslim vote
  • Now that hundreds of people have been killed in an atrocity on Easter Sunday, something needs to be done, says Rajpal Abeynayake
Topic |   Sri Lanka

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Soldiers stand guard outside a mosque in Colombo on April 26. Photo: AFP
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Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage following explosions at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo. Photo: Bloomberg
Rohan Gunaratna
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Rohan Gunaratna

Sri Lanka bombings bear hallmarks of Islamic State attack

  • The government has attributed the suicide bombings to a little-known Islamist group but the coordinated strike on Easter Sunday shows how IS is entering a new phase of global expansion
  • Colombo now needs to exchange and share intelligence to dismantle the terrorists’ support and operational structures, says Rohan Gunaratna

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Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage following explosions at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo. Photo: Bloomberg
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