Extremism has grown in Sri Lanka
Brahma Chellaney, a professor of strategic research on the Middle for Coverage Analysis in New Delhi, stated that radical Islamist teams had been quietly rising in affect for years in Sri Lanka, within the close by Indian state of Tamil Nadu and within the close by island nation of the Maldives.
Mr. Chellaney stated that it was sudden that the attackers had the arrogance to raid lodges in Sri Lanka, saying that the island’s lodges had tried to supply tight safety in the course of the island’s civil warfare and ever since.
“Resorts are on guard in Sri Lanka, so I’m stunned that three lodges nonetheless got here underneath goal,” he stated.
Buddhist statues had been defaced final yr in Sri Lanka in what seems to have been an iconoclastic assault by Muslims, he stated. Within the Maldives, radical Muslims destroyed Buddhist archaeological finds in early 2012 on the nation’s Nationwide Museum.
‘Quite a lot of blood on the ground’
A witness, Sarita Marlou, who was on the Shangri-La resort, wrote in a Fb submit that a blast occurred at eight:57 a.m. contained in the Desk One Restaurant on the third flooring the place folks had gathered for brunch.
“Felt the blast all the best way as much as the 17th flooring the place we had been sleeping,” she wrote. “Couple of minutes later, we had been requested to evacuate the resort. Whereas working down the steps, noticed numerous blood on the ground however we had been nonetheless clueless as to what actually occurred.”
Ms. Marlou posted that the visitors had been caught exterior for greater than two hours earlier than being ushered again inside because the solar received sizzling. However they nonetheless weren’t cleared to return to their rooms, she wrote.
Social media is restricted and a curfew imposed
The federal government shut down entry to main social media and messaging providers, together with Fb and WhatsApp, and web transmission slowed drastically.
The authorities took an analogous step after sectarian violence final yr. At the moment, a few of the violence has been instigated by Fb postings that threatened assaults on Muslims, the federal government stated.
There have been additionally experiences that the federal government had set a nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. Sunday to six a.m. Monday.