While ISIS has claimed responsibility this morning for the Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, intelligence officials in the grieving country don’t mention ISIS in their latest revelation about the mastermind behind the bombings.
Rather they point to an online Islamic clerick who believes all non-Muslims should die:
NY POST – A radical Islamic cleric who uses the burning Twin Towers as a backdrop to fiery online sermons has been named the mastermind behind the devastating Sri Lanka terror attacks, it was claimed Tuesday.
Sri Lankan intelligence has named local cleric Moulvi Zahran Hashim as being behind the coordinated suicide bombings on churches and hotels that killed at least 321 on Easter Sunday, according to The Telegraph.
He was already eyed for gaining thousands of online followers for hateful online sermons — some using the World Trade Center attacks as a backdrop, according to the report.
His name emerged in warnings earlier in April that radicals were planning attacks in the capital Colombo — weeks before the suicide bombings that, according to the report.
He began posting videos online three years ago calling for non-Muslims to be ‘eliminated,’ according to the Daily Mail.
Muslim leaders reportedly gave repeated warnings about him with no obvious response.
“Some of the intelligence people saw his picture but they didn’t take action,” N.M. Ameen, the president of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, told the Daily Mail.
Hilmy Ahamed, the Muslim council’s vice president, branded Hashim’s online speeches “basically a hate campaign against all non-Muslims.”
“Basically, he was saying non-Muslims have to be eliminated,” Ahamed told the Daily Mail.
Ahamed told The Telegraph, “We were very concerned that this guy was preaching hate on social media and uploading a lot of videos.”
The death toll has now reached over 320 and Sri Lankan officials, via the NY Post, are also saying this was retaliation for the mosque shootings in New Zealand:
The terror attacks that killed at least 321 people in Sri Lanka were “retaliation” for the mosque shootings in New Zealand, officials said Tuesday.
“The initial investigation has revealed that this was in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack,” junior minister for defense Ruwan Wijewardene insisted to parliament there.
He was referring to the March 15 massacre of 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a white supremacist who live-streamed it to Facebook.
The death toll for Easter Sunday’s retaliation — where suicide bombers targeted three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo — reached 321 by Tuesday with at least 500 injured.
Police revealed that 40 people have been arrested so far, with officials now blaming two local terror groups for the atrocity.
“It was done by the radical Islamic terror group National Thowheed Jamath along with JMI,” he said, referring to Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.
Here’s the news that ISIS has stepped in and claimed responsibility:
ISIS claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people; a government official says the bombings were “retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch, [New Zealand]” https://t.co/CzwhHER4Fd pic.twitter.com/mAPCwRSP7y
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 23, 2019
So where are all the Democrats who were making hay over the New Zealand attacks because some crazy white guy(s) did it?
Do they only care about ‘White Supremacy?’