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Could the attacks in Sri Lanka have been avoided?

Daesh claimed Tuesday, April 23 attacks that affected churches and hotels in Sri Lanka two days earlier. According to the Sri Lankan authorities, it is a local Islamist group that allegedly carried out these attacks.

It was through its propaganda body, Amaaq, that the Islamic State terrorist group took responsibility for the attacks that plunged Sri Lanka into Easter. However, the group provides no evidence to support its claim. And according to the local authorities it is the local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) who would be behind these attacks.

Sunday, April 21, three luxury hotels and three churches, during Easter Mass, were targeted in several places on the island. A series of deadly explosions that left more than 300 dead.

Could these attacks have been avoided? According to New York Times the authorities had been warned about ten days ago when the NTJ, a little-known extremist group, was the subject of an alert issued to the police and reported that attacks would be in preparation. Indian intelligence also gave the alert.

So why was nothing done upstream to avoid this tragedy? The debate is open and an internal investigation, under the authority of a Supreme Court judge, is under way.

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