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6 bombings (3 churches + 3 hotels).  Co-ordinated, so its probably a group.

To be honest I don't really know much about Sri Lanka and the situation there.  Aside from the war against the Tamils, and the increasing influence of China?  


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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54 minutes ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

6 bombings (3 churches + 3 hotels).  Co-ordinated, so its probably a group.

To be honest I don't really know much about Sri Lanka and the situation there.  Aside from the war against the Tamils, and the increasing influence of China?  

I have a Muslim Sri Lankan friend who has been growing increasingly angry at the government corruption. There has been a lot of civil unrest in the past year or so.

Beyond that ... not a clue.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for these horrific attacks yet.

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32 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

I have a Muslim Sri Lankan friend who has been growing increasingly angry at the government corruption. There has been a lot of civil unrest in the past year or so.

Beyond that ... not a clue.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for these horrific attacks yet.

There were suggestions of major corruption in connection to Chinese loans and ‘investment’.

Some estimates of over 150 dead.


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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This is terrible.  Christians are a minority in Sri Lanka at about 6% of the overall population but in Colombo they represent about 65% of the population.  The pictures of the devastation in the churches coming through now are just awful.  Presumably whoever has done this doesn't like foreigners either given the hotel attacks.  There are known to be foreigners killed and injured and our Foreign Office is seeking information on British nationals.

 

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The 3 hotels were all 5-star, so inevitably there will be foreign casualties.


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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It does suggest the hotels targeted are used by tourists. 

Horrible attacks, it never ends does it?

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No confirmation on which group is responsible but the Guardian is reporting the following in their rolling news

 

Contrary to what the BBC reported (quoted in the previous post), AFP reports that an intelligence alert was issue earlier this month about a potential attack.

Documents seen by AFP show that Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”.

“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” the alert said.

The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.

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Cowardly #### of the earth . Disgusting indiscriminate destruction and massacre of innocent life , wherever by whoever. 

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Awful news which will fuel hatred on the other side like the NZ attacks. This is turning into a never ending cycle with no solution.

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7 minutes ago, Damien said:

Awful news which will fuel hatred on the other side like the NZ attacks. This is turning into a never ending cycle with no solution.

a virus that wipes out 95 per cent of the human race would be the best solution


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8 minutes ago, Damien said:

Awful news which will fuel hatred on the other side like the NZ attacks. This is turning into a never ending cycle with no solution.

Whilever you have religion you will have hatred and war.

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Just now, Clogiron said:

Whilever you have religion you will have hatred and war.

Whilst true to some extent I think if there was no religion you'd still have hatred and war. Greed, power, envy, hatred etc unfortunately motivate many people and wars would still exist.

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I had a religious background but the more I hear and see as I grew up I saw religion more n more as the greatest irony in the world . Something purporting to be about love peace and harmony seems to me often to engender and be a platform for hate war violence bigotry and intolerance to others who have different faiths or denominations , and to be behind so many intractable trouble spots 

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26 minutes ago, Damien said:

Whilst true to some extent I think if there was no religion you'd still have hatred and war. Greed, power, envy, hatred etc unfortunately motivate many people and wars would still exist.

Absolutely spot on. Religion is the label used by people to justify their real aim; to have power and control over people.

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35 minutes ago, Damien said:

Whilst true to some extent I think if there was no religion you'd still have hatred and war. Greed, power, envy, hatred etc unfortunately motivate many people and wars would still exist.

Yes. Religion makes a convenient hook on which to hang your tribal hat.

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46 minutes ago, Clogiron said:

Whilever you have religion you will have hatred and war.

There have been plenty of wars and lots of hatred without religion ever being involved.

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3 hours ago, Clogiron said:

Whilever you have religion you will have hatred and war.

Yes , the world's biggest killer ,religion 

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2 minutes ago, GeordieSaint said:

I’d suggest old age and disease is far higher.

Yes well obviously , I was meaning essentially war and the reasons for them and murder , ie humans having reasons to kill other humans 

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3 hours ago, Farmduck said:

So in a country where 90% of the people are either Buddhists or Hindus, who's bombing the Christians?

I read there were warnings in Sri Lanka  10 days ago of an apparent Islamist terrorist plot to blow up churches. 

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3 hours ago, GUBRATS said:

Yes well obviously , I was meaning essentially war and the reasons for them and murder , ie humans having reasons to kill other humans 

If memory serves, the two world wars of the 20th century - ie the two biggest wars in that entire century - had nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

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12 minutes ago, Saintslass said:

If memory serves, the two world wars of the 20th century - ie the two biggest wars in that entire century - had nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

The holocaust ?

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13 minutes ago, Saintslass said:

If memory serves, the two world wars of the 20th century - ie the two biggest wars in that entire century - had nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

There's been plenty of other wars over the centuries 

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