By CNA Published: 16 May 2019 Audio: English
The wave of bombings in Sri Lanka's churches and hotels on 21 April 2019 has shattered a decade of peace in Sri Lanka. 257 people were killed when bombers linked to the Islamic State or ISIS launched coordinated attacks on Easter Sunday in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa in the country's worst terror attacks since the end the civil conflict in 2009. What's behind Sri Lanka's Easter bombings ? How was it even possible for a fringe minority group to launch such major attacks on its soil ? Should the government be blamed for its failure to act against the perpetrators of the attacks despite repeated warnings ? Does the government which is facing serious internal political division and infighting have the ability to deal with the new threat and keep the country safe ?
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