By J. D. Heyes
A series of well-coordinated bombings rocked a number of Catholic churches and symbols of capitalism in the country of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, but politically correct â€œnewsâ€ reports omitted one of the most important details surrounding the attacks: The guilty parties.
Thatâ€™s because in todayâ€™s world, for some reason, blaming Muslims for attacksÂ theyÂ actually commitÂ is simply not done.Â
And yet, by Monday, Islamic militants did indeed ‘take credit’ for the attacks, as though this wasn’t known ahead of time. We’ll explain.
On Saturday, as reports about the attacks began streaming in, Fox NewsÂ â€” which also, by the way, refused to identify the perpetrators, noted:
Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the attacks as a terrorist attack by religious extremists and said eight suspects have been arrested, though no one immediately claimed responsibility.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the violence could trigger instability in the country and its economy.
â€œReligious extremistsâ€ â€” ofÂ whichÂ religious group or sect?Â
As it turns out, Sri Lankan intelligence was provided the answer: Islamic extremists.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday:
The Sri Lanka government voiced suspicions that an obscure radical Islamist group organized the devastating series of Easter Sunday attacks on churches and tourist hotels that killed 290 people.
Government officials said some of the suicide bombers and others arrested were linked to a group known as National Thowheeth Jamath, which they had identified earlier this month as the unnamed group Indian and U.S. security services had earlier warned was planning attacks in Sri Lanka.
Over the weekend, according toÂ Israel National News, Sri Lankan intelligence officials were â€œwarned that terrorist elements, including the radical Islamic organization NTJ, would carry out a suicide attack in certain churches during Easter.â€
The news service reported further:Â
A source in the Sri Lankan security services, who spoke with the Associated Press, reported that six explosions occurred almost simultaneously. According to him, a suspicion that suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to the churches is being investigated. About four hours later another blast was heard in Dehiwela, a suburb of the city of Colombo, in which at least two other people were killed.
Indian intelligence officials added that the attack bears a striking resemblance to others carried out by extremists loyal to the Islamic State, asÂ reported byÂ LiveMint:
The pattern of the attack â€“ a series of coordinated blasts at high-value targets, intelligence units said â€“ was atypical of the Daâ€™esh.
Daâ€™esh is another name for ISIS.
â€œIf you observe the pattern of the attack, it is a classic Islamic State attack. A collective of people has been targeted using explosives. The government is working closely with Sri Lanka to get to the bottom of this. As of now, we are strongly suspecting IS because of the nature of the attack, but forensics will try to establish the explosive used, and the kind of detonator and other details to get to the bottom of this,â€ an intelligence official toldÂ LiveMint.
The official also said that sites of the attack were selected with â€œgreat care so as to garner international attention. A coordinated blast on Easter has massive religious ramifications as well.â€
The official admitted that as of this writing no one group had been identified as being responsible. But the official also said that the National Investigation Agency has been breaking up Islamic State cells in the southern part of the country in recent months.
The churches and religious sites that were targeted â€” two Catholic and one evangelical â€” are a giveaway as well. AsÂ Fox NewsÂ reported, â€œthe first explosion occurred around 8:45 a.m. local time, with the deadliest appearing to be at St. Sebastianâ€™s Church in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of Colombo. Other attacks occurred at St. Anthonyâ€™s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa.â€
In addition, three major hotels â€” the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury Hotel â€” were targeted as well, and all are frequented by foreign tourists.Â Two other explosions took place in Dematagoda, where authorities believe occupants of a safe house blew themselves up to avoid being arrested.Â
Again, to beÂ accurate, the Sri Lankan government has identified militant Islamic extremists as the perpetrators.
“We have found that ITJ was involved in the attacks,â€ said Rajitha Senaratne, a government spokesman and the countryâ€™s health commissioner, using an abbreviation for what he called â€œa local organization,”Â The Wall Street Journal reported.
The only people who doubt this are Left-wing Democrats and their allies in the establishment media.
A version of this story was first reported at NewsTarget.