US lady wrongly recognized as Sri Lanka assault suspect

Amara Majeed

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Amara Majeed is a US activist preventing anti-Muslim stereotypes

Sri Lankan police have apologised after they wrongly recognized a US lady as a suspect within the Easter Sunday assaults.

Amara Majeed is a Muslim activist and writer who wrote a e book, titled The Foreigners, to fight stereotypes about Islam.

“I’ve this morning been FALSELY recognized by the Sri Lankan authorities as one of many ISIS Easter attackers in Sri Lanka,” she tweeted.

“What a factor to get up to!”

Round 253 folks died and a whole lot have been injured within the Sri Lanka assaults, the place suicide bombers struck a number of accommodations and church buildings.

A photograph of Amara Majeed was launched by Sri Lankan authorities figuring out her as a suspect linked to the bloodshed.

The suspect whose title was launched was Fathima Khadiya, however the image used was that of Baltimore-born Ms Majeed – whose mother and father are from Sri Lanka.

“That is clearly utterly false and admittedly, contemplating that our communities are already tremendously with problems with surveillance, I do not want extra false accusations and scrutiny,” Ms Majeed wrote on Twitter.

“Please cease implicating and associating me with these horrific assaults,” Ms Majeed urged. “And subsequent time, be extra diligent about releasing such data that has the potential to deeply violate somebody’s household and neighborhood.”

Tensions excessive as police hunt continues

9 individuals are suspected of finishing up the lethal assaults, and dozens have been arrested. Tensions stay excessive.

The authorities blamed a neighborhood Islamist extremist group, Nationwide Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), quickly after the blasts however stated the bombers will need to have had outdoors assist.

The Islamic State group stated it was behind the assaults however offered no proof of direct involvement.

Combating stereotypes about Muslims

Activist Ms Majeed made headlines aged 16 when she based The Hijab Venture, which inspires Muslim and non-Muslim ladies to strive carrying the garment and share their experiences on social media.

In 2015 she was featured within the BBC’s 100 Ladies, an annual venture which highlights inspirational and distinctive ladies.

Throughout Donald Trump’s presidential marketing campaign, she wrote an open letter to Mr Trump accusing him of being “a demagogue who’s capitalizing on People’ worry and paranoia”.

“I’ve made it my mission to make use of my life to undo the hatred that individuals such as you create, and eradicate stereotypes about Muslims,” the then-student at Brown College wrote.

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