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Father, brothers of alleged Sri Lanka bombing mastermind killed
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Afghanistan
Two Civilians Killed In Parwan Operation: Official
[ToloNews] At least six people, including two civilians, were killed in an operation by Afghan cops in two villages on the outskirts of Charikar city, the center of northern Parwan province, the commander of security forces coordination in Parwan, Alozai Ahmadi confirmed on Saturday.

He said the operation was carried out to clear the areas of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
He said two of those killed are civilians while it is not known whether the four others are residents of the area or Death Eaters.

The operation was carried out early on Saturday morning and was supported by the Special Forces as well as the Air Force.

He said that at least 15 suspects, all residents of the villages, were tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
by the Special Unit of the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
during the operation.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the space pirate fleet to attack Zemblonia...
a police commander in Parwan claimed that the operation was not coordinated with them.

Reports indicate that the Kabul-Balk highway which passes through Charikar city in Parwan was closed for few hours by residents of the province to protest civilian casualties in the operation.

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2019
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a report on April 24 that it has documented high levels of harm to civilians but adds that there has been a 23 percent decrease in overall civilian casualties as compared to the same period last year and is the lowest for a first quarter since 2013.

The report says the UN documented 1,773 civilian casualties (581 deaths and 1,192 injured), including 582 child casualties (150 deaths and 432 injured) between January 1 and March 31.

In the first quarter of 2018, UNAMA documented 2,305 civilian casualties (799 deaths and 1,506 injured), including 609 child casualties (176 deaths and 433 injured), the report says.

The overall reduction of civilian casualties was driven by a decrease in civilian casualties by suicide improvised bomb (IED) attacks, the report says.

UNAMA notes the particularly harsh winter conditions during the first three months of the year, which may have contributed to this trend, the report says.

It is unclear whether the decrease in civilian casualties was influenced by any measures taken by parties to the conflict to better protect civilians, or by the ongoing talks between parties to the conflict, the report mentions.

UNAMA says it remains concerned by the continued targeting of civilians and increase in civilian casualties from the use of non-suicide IEDs by Anti-Government Elements, as well as significant increases in civilian casualties from aerial and search operations, which drove an overall increase in civilian casualties by Pro-Government Forces.

Civilian deaths attributed to Pro-Government Forces surpassed those attributed to Anti-Government Elements during the first quarter of 2019, the report says.

Between 1 January and 31 March 2019, UNAMA attributed 608 civilian casualties (305 deaths and 303 injured) to Pro-Government Forces, representing a 39 percent increase from the same period last year.

UNAMA notes with concern that Pro-Government Forces were responsible for more civilian deaths than Anti-Government Elements during the first quarter of 2019.

UNAMA attributed 17 percent of civilian casualties to the Afghan national security forces, 13 percent to international military forces, two percent to pro-Government gangs, and two percent to multiple Pro-Government Forces.
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Situation Back To Normal In Bala Murghab: MoD
[ToloNews] The Ministry of Defense in a statement on Saturday said the Bala Murghab district in Badghis province in the northwest of Afghanistan has been fully cleared of Death Eaters and that the situation is back to normal in the district.

Bala Murghab came under attack by Death Eaters earlier this month and it was partially cleared of Death Eaters on April 11 after it was under siege by the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
for almost 10 days.

The ministry said in the statement that people can open their shops and that the situation is back to normal in Bala Murghab.

The Afghan forces defused at least 50 mines as they were placed in civilian houses, sacred places, roads and shops by the Taliban during their attack on the district ‐ in which they captured some key areas of the district, including the police headquarters for few days, the statement said.

The statement added that a new district police chief and a district governor were appointed for Bala Murghab to "better ensure the safety of the people".

Bala Murghab is a strategic district in Badghis province, surrounded by some other volatile districts such as Ab Kamari, Muqur, Jawand and Qadis.

Last time, Bala Murghab came under Taliban attack early in March and was under siege for more than two weeks, leaving more than two dozens of security forces dead and almost 28 of them gone missing.

According to the Ministry of Defense, at least 100 Talibs were killed in the festivities earlier this month.
Nicely done, guys!
The ministry said that Yasin Zia, the Deputy Minister of Defense for Security, joined the Commando forces in their last operation in the district on Friday.
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205th Corps security operation results in 5 Taliban killed
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan military in the South has confirmed that five gunnies were killed and two others were maimed during the operations led by 205th Atal Corps of the Afghan army in Kandahar province.
"killed" is good
The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said, during the clearance operation by the 205th Corps in Miawand and Shah Wali Kot districts of Kandahar, 5 enemy button men were killed, two injured and one tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
by the security forces. Additionally, the 205th Corps seized a number of enemy weapons and explosives during this operation.

The statement further added "In the past month, over 50 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
members have been killed by joint operations between the 205th Corps and the Afghan special forces. The Taliban have continued to increase their attacks against the security forces since the beginning of their spring offensive."

In a social media post Kandahar Provincial Governor Hyatullah Hyatt said " We are reassuring the #Kandahar people that we are fully ready to fight the enemies and are ready to negotiate peace with them too. We have called on the #Taliban to join the peace effort from Kandahar province."
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Taliban wound women and children in Kandahar
[KhaamaPress] Provincial Chief of Police for Kandahar, Major General Tadin Khan confirmed that during a clash with the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
in Maiwand district of Kandahar, there were four women and three children maimed.

"There was a clash between #ANDSF and the #Taliban in Maiwand, #Kandahar. The Taliban maimed 7 residents, all women and kiddies, from an indirect fire round. They speak of peace but their action harmed our women and kiddies," said MG Tadin’s social media.

Initial reports came from the District Chief of Police of Maiwand, Haji Lala who said the Taliban fired an indirect mortar round, aiming for the security forces and instead hit a local resident’s house which inflicted the injuries to the women and kiddies.

The Taliban have mentioned the festivities on social media, but failed to mention that civilians were maimed in the clash. The Taliban often target security forces but unfortunately residents are often victims of these attacks.
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30 Taliban militants killed in various operations of Afghan Special Forces and airstrikes
[KhaamaPress] At least thirty Talibs were killed in various operations of the Afghan Special Forces and Arclight airstrikes which were conducted in different provinces over the past 24 hours.

The military sources announced Saturday that the Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan province killing 11 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters and arresting 5 others while 2 other murderous Moslems were killed during the airstrikes in the same province.

The sources further added that the Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and destroyed over 30 pounds of homemade explosives along with 1 Kg of opium.

The Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Khanwar district of Pashtun-infested Logar province killing 1 Taliban fighter, the sources said, adding that the Afghan Special forces conducted a similar operation in Tamek wa Jaldak district of Zabul province along Highway 1 and destroyed 1 roadside kaboom, preventing an attack against innocent civilians.

According to the sources, the Afghan Special Forces conducted another operation in Andar district of Ghazni province killing 3 Taliban fighters while another Taliban turban was killed in a similar operation in HIsarak district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province.

At least 7 Taliban fighters were killed in a Special Forces operation in Charikar district of Parwan province, the sources said, adding that an airstrike was conducted in Do Lainah District of Ghor province killing 5 Taliban fighters and destroying a stolen Humvee suspected of being prepped as a vehicle-borne IED.
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Afghan forces kill 15 Taliban militants in Uruzgan province
[KhaamaPress] At least 15 Talibs were killed during the operations of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan in last two days.

The 205th Corps front man confirmed 15 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
have been killed in the last two days by a series of raids by the Afghan Special Forces along with the Arclight airstrikes by the Afghan Air Force in Tarin Kot, Uruzgan.

The officials are saying that this has been an on-going attempt to degrade Taliban networks and future terrorist operations in the area which has been a historically heavily contested area by the Taliban.

The raids conducted in the area by the Afghan Special Forces were met with festivities with the Taliban in Tarin Kot which were successfully defended by the security forces.
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Africa Horn
US military conducted an airstrike targeting ISIS-Somalia terrorists in the Golis Mountains
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
#UAE Air Force's Wing Loong II 2 armed drones are now targeting headquarters of the Islamist militias aligned to the #GNA in #Tripoli
[TWITTER]

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Caribbean-Latin America
More than 600 Cuban migrants escape from overcrowded Mexican detention center and chant: 'We want food! We want out!'
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wait... Mexico has detention centers for migrants?

Why don't these guys get the express concierge service? They're of Bad Character compared to the Hondurans?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/28/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey orders detention of 210 military personnel over links to Gulen
More on this story from yesterday.
[DAWN] Istanbul prosecutors ordered the detention of 210 military personnel over suspected links to the network blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

It said the suspects from the air, marine and land forces, as well as the gendarmerie and coasties, included five colonels, seven lieutenant colonels, 14 majors, and 33 captains.
Is the Turkish military entirely hollowed out yet?
They were suspected of being supporters of US-based Moslem holy man Fethullah Gülen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, who is accused by Ottoman Turkish authorities of criminal masterminding the failed putsch three years ago. Gulen has denied any role.

More than 77,000 people have been nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
pending trial since the coup and widespread arrests are still routine. Authorities have suspended or sacked 150,000 civil servants and military personnel.

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#1  Sri Lanka may have an action plan.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Father, brothers of alleged Sri Lanka bombing mastermind killed
[NYP] The father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings were killed when security forces stormed their safe house two days ago, police sources and a relative of the suicide bombers told Reuters on Sunday.

Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father Mohamed Hashim, who were seen in a video circulating on social media calling for all-out war against nonbelievers, were among 15 killed in a fierce gun battle with the military on the east coast on Friday, four police sources said.

Niyaz Sharif, the brother-in-law of Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the wave of Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people in churches and hotels across the island nation, told Reuters the video showed Zahran’s two brothers and father.

Three of the people killed in Friday’s gun battle were the same people who were seen in the undated video on social media, in which they discuss martyrdom and urge their followers to kill all nonbelievers, police sources said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/28/2019 12:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Evict the rest of the family, tear down their houses, sell their property and flatten the mosque they went to.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/28/2019 13:10 Comments || Top||

#2  flatten ALL the Mosques in Sri Lanka
Posted by: 746 || 04/28/2019 13:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Fierce, trim the gene pool sprouts, eh?
Where are those remaining Boston Bombers?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 15:07 Comments || Top||

#4  the post bombing roundup of accessories has been impressive

it makes the lack of awareness of the bombing preparation all the more difficult to understand

Posted by: lord garth || 04/28/2019 16:13 Comments || Top||

#5  instead of evict i would rather use the term execute
Posted by: chris || 04/28/2019 22:12 Comments || Top||


Iraq
ISIS ambush Kurdish civilians in Makhmour, take hostage: general
[Rudaw] Remnants of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (ISIS) in the disputed territory of Makhmour ambushed a group of Kurdish civilians on Saturday, taking one of them hostage, a top Peshmerga commander confirms.

Sirwan Barzani, commander of the Peshmerga forces on the Gwer and Makhmour fronts, said the group of civilians had gone to the Ali Rash plains in Qaraj to search for desert truffles when they were encircled by suspected ISIS turbans.
Those desert truffles must be amazing, when so many are willing to brave kidnapping for them.
"One of them named Bazhdar Mohammed has been captured and his fate remains unknown," Barzani told Rudaw.

The Peshmerga commander urged locals to stay clear of areas unsecured by the Peshmerga or Iraqi armed forces.

"There are not Peshmerga forces there as its security has been handed to Iraqi forces," Barzani said. "But ISIS maintains a presence in the area due to the security vacuum."

"We have warned civilians of the danger of the area multiple times," he added.

Since January there has been a spate of ISIS kidnappings and murders in similar secluded spots, particularly in the isolated desert reaches of Anbar province. The killings led the federal government to outlaw the lucrative search for mushrooms in several areas.

ISIS bandidos murderous Moslems seized Makhmour and surrounding villages in 2014 before they were quickly routed in a combined operation led by the Peshmerga, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerillas, and Coalition forces.

Although the jihadist group was declared defeated in Iraq in December 2017, its remnants have retreated into Iraq’s deserts and mountains, where they have resumed earlier hit-and-run tactics of kidnap, ambush, bombing, and execution, aided by highly sophisticated sleeper cells in the cities and hinterland.

In the aftermath of the Kurdistan independence referendum of September 2017, Iraqi forces launched an offensive against Peshmerga forces in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk and other areas considered disputed between Erbil and Baghdad. In Makhmour, a combined force of Iraqi Army troops and Hashd al-Shaabi attacked the Peshmerga and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), forcing them out of the town and into the mountains.

The Peshmerga’s carefully cultivated human intelligence network in Makhmour collapsed. The predominantly Shiite forces which took their place failed to imitate its success.

Makhmour falls on the fault line between Peshmerga positions and Iraqi forces. The ungoverned spaces left between them offer murderous Moslems fertile ground to regroup.

The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the US-led anti-ISIS Coalition, launched an operation last summer against ISIS remnants around Makhmour. With rare cooperation between Iraqi and Peshmerga forces, the threat appeared to be contained.

"It is likely that ISIS is attempting to refit, reorganize and recruit in the vicinity of Makhmour," US Army front man Col James Rawlinson recently told Rudaw, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. "ISIS wants to destabilize the area. The Coalition’s goal is to enable local security forces to contain and defeat threats and raise awareness of the deceptive nature of ISIS ideology to empower vulnerable populations to reject it."

"The past confirms ISIS will seize any opportunity to exploit any security gap they can," Rawlinson added.
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Bomb attack kills Iraqi driver, wounds two municipal workers in Baiji
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An Iraqi man was killed and two others were maimed Saturday in a kaboom in Salahuddin’s oil rich district of Baiji, a police chief was quoted as saying.

Baiji police chief Ali Alhamdani told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that the kaboom targeted a truck in Baiji, north of Tikrit, leaving the driver dead and two municipal workers maimed.

The bomb is believed to be planted by the defeated Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group, he said, pointing out that there are many other bombs in the district, which threaten the lives of residents.
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Iraqi intelligence forces arrest Islamic State fighter in Mosul
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on Saturday a fighter of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bad boy group in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city.

"The terrorist was working for the bad boy group’s so-called Hisbah (vigilantism) and his arrest came upon accurate intelligence reports," Almaalomah news website quoted the Military Intelligence Directorate as saying in a press statement.

"He was wanted for trial on terror charges pursuant to article 4 of the anti-terrorism law," added the statement.

The anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gunmen attack Christians near Ramallah after dispute involving PA official
[Jpost] Residents of a predominately Christian village in the West Bank have appealed to the Paleostinian Authority to provide protection for them after they were attacked by a group of Paleostinian button men.

The residents of Jifna, north of Ramallah, said the attack came following a dispute between a woman from the village and the son of a prominent Paleostinian figure affiliated with the PA’s ruling Fatah faction.

The dispute erupted after the woman filed a complaint with the PA police in which she accused the son of the Paleostinian personality of assaulting her and her children while she was driving her car in the village.

After the police summoned the man for questioning, his father and scores of button men arrived at the village and began hurling insults at the Christian residents. Some of the button men, villagers said, also had gun sex and demanded that the Christians pay the Jizyah ‐ a per capital annual tax ‐ called the dhimmi - levied on non-Moslem subjects living under Islamic rule.

According to some eyewitnesses, the button men who ran amok in Jifna were Fatah activists from the al-Am'ari refugee camp.

Villagers said that although they called the police, the PA security forces arrived at the scene three hours later.

"The village witnessed scenes of anarchy and lawlessness," residents of Jifna said in a statement. "Women and children were terrorized by the shooting, and houses were targeted with Molotov cocktails and rocks. The attackers were part of an unruly mob lacking any sense of patriotism. They were led by an influential personality from the Ramallah district."

PA Governor of Ramallah, Leila Ghanem, said she rejected the attack against the Christian residents of Jifna and promised that the culprits would be punished. She said that all those who "try to destabilize the security and social peace" will be severely punished, in accordance with the law. "Civil peace is a red line," she cautioned.

Wadie Abunassar, a prominent adviser to church leaders in the Holy Land, expressed outrage over the incident in Jifna. "Thank God there were no casualties," he wrote on Facebook. "The residents of Jifna, most of whom are Christians, have voiced anger and resentment for two main reasons: first, the big attack carried out by some residents of al-Am’ari refugee camp (near Ramallah) and, second, the delay in the arrival of the Paleostinian security forces."

Abunassar said that he contacted senior Paleostinian officials in Ramallah to intervene to end the incident. He expressed gratitude to PA President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
and Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh for their efforts to "preserve the Paleostinian national fabric."

"We hope that everyone will learn that Christians are an inalienable part of the Paleostinian people, that they should not be vulnerable in any way," Abunassar said. "No influential individuals, regardless of their religious or political identity, should be allowed to violate the law and exploit their power for their personal interests."
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IDF shoots at Gazans attempting to sabotage border fence
[IsraelTimes] Israeli troops on Saturday shot at three Paleostinian men as they attempted to sabotage the border fence in the northern Gazoo Strip, the army said.

A military spokeswoman said the Israel Defense Forces shot up the group in accordance with standard procedure. She could not say whether any of the men were hit.

Also Saturday, arson balloons launched from the Gazoo Strip sparked a fire at HaBesor Stream Nature Reserve in southern Israel, firefighting services said.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames, which caused damage to foliage but no casualties.
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Explosion sound heard in Gaza
[TWITTER]

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Sri Lanka
Day 8: Sri Lanka bans groups suspected to be behind attacks; more arrests -100 now detained
Day 7 reports can be seen here and here.
[Jpost] Sri Lanka’s president on Saturday outlawed two Islamist groups suspected to be behind the Easter Sunday suicide kabooms on churches and luxury hotels while the wife and child of the suspected ringleader were maimed during a military raid in safe house, his family and police said.

The National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim were banned under his emergency powers, President Maithripala Sirisena said in a statement, nearly a week after the attacks that killed 253 people. Authorities could not act earlier to ban the two little-known groups because the law required them to show firm evidence against them, officials said.

Police believe the suspected criminal mastermind of the bombings, Mohammed Hashim Mohammed Zahran, led either the NTJ or a splinter group. Less is known about Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim, whose members are also believed to have played a role in the bombings.

Security forces have detained 100 people, including foreigners from Syria and Egypt, police said.

A shootout erupted on Friday during a raid on a safe house in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara district on the island’s east coast, killing at least 15 people, including three people with boom jackets and six children, a military front man said.

The maimed included the wife and a daughter of Zahran, his family said.

"Yes, the wife and daughter were maimed in the attack," said Mohammed Hashim Mathaniya, sister of Zahran. "I was asked to come to identify them but I am not sure I can go," she told Rooters from the town of Kattankudy in the east where Zahran was originally based.

Zahran’s driver was detained in a separate raid, according to a police statement. Bomb-making materials, dozens of gelignite sticks and thousands of ball bearings were found in a search of a separate house in the same area, along with Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
banners and uniforms, the military said.

Authorities have said there could be more attacks against religious centers. Last Sunday’s bombings shattered the relative calm that the Buddhist-majority country has seen since a 26-year-long civil war with mostly-Hindu ethnic Tamil separatists ended a decade ago.

The national police chief had refused to accept President Sirisena’s request to step down, two sources told Rooters on Saturday, a further embarrassment for the president.

The security forces’ response has included raids on mosques and homes of people in the city of Negombo where scores died in the bombing of a church.

Suspected mastermind of Sri Lanka attacks spent 'substantial time in India'

[DAWN] Mohammad Zahran Hashim ‐ the suspected criminal mastermind of the Sri Lankan Easter bombings ‐ spent a "substantial amount of time in south India", The Hindu reported on Friday citing a top source within the Sri Lankan military.

"We are looking into the IS angle. We also suspect that some of those radical youth (suspected bombers) were indoctrinated and trained in India, possibly Tamil Nadu," revealed the senior military official, who wished to remain anonymous.

While Indian officials did not state that Hashim had travelled to India, they did point out that he had maintained virtual links with youth believed to be of Indian origin, said The Hindu.

Hashim's ties with south India were also confirmed by Hilmy Ahamed, vice-president of the Moslem Council of Sri Lanka.

Local Muslims say they reported mastermind of Sri Lanka terror attacks years ago

[IsraelTimes] Community leaders in the Muslim-majority town of Kattankudy sounded the alarm about Zahran Hashim after seminary expelled him for ‘hardline’ views; Hashim had dozens of hate-filled sermons uploaded to YouTube

When Hashim sought to influence his fellow students, parents complained to the seminary chiefs and the school asked him to leave.

After a few years away he returned to Kattankudy, founded the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) group, and worked with some former classmates to build a mosque where he could preach and share his rabble-rousing sermons.

“He was a good orator… he would pick and choose words from the Quran and twist and misuse them,” one official at a local mosque told AFP. He spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he was terrified of reprisals from Hashim’s followers.

Hashim’s violent streak attracted police attention three years ago when he brandished a sword during clashes with members of another Muslim organization, the official said.

But just as the net seemed to be closing in, he went into hiding with some followers, operating what appeared to be an NTJ breakaway group that was linked to vandalism attacks on Buddhist statues in Sri Lanka in December.

In 2014, a group called the “Peace Loving Moderate Muslims in Sri Lanka” published a newspaper commentary saying that the NTJ was “fast becoming a cancer” within Sri Lanka’s Muslim community and warned that the group was making mosque attendance compulsory, forcing a strict implementation of Islamic law and making women cover their faces and wear long robes.

According to Hilmy Ahamed, vice-president of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, Hashim shifted base to southern India.

“All his videos have been uploaded from India. He uses boats of smugglers to travel back and forth from southern India,” he told AFP.

Though complains were made about Hashim’s videos, YouTube declined to remove them on breach of policy grounds until after the attacks, according to Britain’s Sky News. The video sharing platform told Sky on Thursday it was deleting all of Hashim’s sermons, and other videos mentioning him other than news reports.

India has warned Sri Lanka that suicide attacks were possible weeks before Hashim and the other bombers walked into three churches and three hotels on Easter Sunday.

India’s warning was based on videos and other Islamic State-influenced material seized from raids in southern Tamil Nadu state in 2018.

Islamic state claims attack on east coast city of Sri Lanka
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Amaq releases picture of two of the two attackers of Kalmunai
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President of Sri Lanka has taken steps to ban National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) & Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI)
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Navy has arrested a man with a motorcycle & 51 explosive sticks (approx 130g each), 27 ft of safety fuse and 215 detonators in Erakkandi
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15 killed in raid on Islamist hideout: Sri Lanka police
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Analysis of Accents of Sri Lanka bombers
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Posted by: trailing wife || 04/28/2019 00:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  To understand how this came to be, one must look at the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The southern states of India, especially Tamil Nadu are totally out of sync with reality. They are run by rabid ideologues and personality cults, criminals clans and commies with a historic class grudge.

The local populations vote for community and class, rather than for unity and stability, even if it means keeping the same incompetent, complacent buffoons in power for decades. The result is absolutely no sync with the centre's policies, including that against islamism and terrorism.

There has been a slow islamization of these states, starting with kerala and west bengal has gone largely unnoticed by the central government and is now nearing dangerous levels.

Tamil interference in the island nation has always existed and has resulted in only misery. There seems to be a new trend in islamist connections now. Though Srilankan authorities have been complacent and often sympathetic toward cultural and religious freedoms, it is about time they stamped out not only islamist movements but also Tamil Nadu's influence in their region.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/28/2019 2:09 Comments || Top||

#2  The southern states of India, especially Tamil Nadu are totally out of sync with reality. They are run by rabid ideologues and personality cults, criminals clans and commies with a historic class grudge.

A sort of Sri Lankan California then ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/28/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Either or both coasts, B. Would appear to be due to toxins blown in on the sea breeze.
Problematic for an island nation, see Hawaii or Puerto Rico.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/28/2019 8:50 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought banning armed groups dedicated to murdering you was considered the very definition of Islamophobia.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/28/2019 9:38 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Jaysh al Izza has apparently just issued a general mobilization order for all its forces in northern Hama
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Jihadist attacks kill 22 Syria pro-regime fighters: monitor
[NEWS.YAHOO] Attacks by two jihadist groups killed at least 22 Syrian government troops and Death Eaters in the northern province of Aleppo early on Saturday, a war monitor said.

Thirty others were maimed in the assaults by al-Qaeda's former Syria branch, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
(HTS), and its ally Hurras al-Deen, which remains affiliated to the global jihadist network, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The attacks in the southern and southwestern countryside of Aleppo province were launched shortly after midnight and triggered festivities that continued until dawn, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

He said the fighting subsided after Russian aircraft struck jihadist positions in the area, prompting the fighters to pull back.

Eight jihadists were killed, he added.

Russia aircraft also carried out strikes in neighbouring Hama province early on Saturday, killing five civilians, the Observatory said.

On Friday, Russian strikes killed 10 civilians in Idlib province, the hub of territory held by the jihadists of HTS in northwestern Syria.

Russia and rebel-backer The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
in September inked a buffer zone deal to avert a massive government offensive on the Idlib region, but the deal has never been implemented.

The region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment since HTS took full control of it in January.

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