Terrorists may be plotting Sri Lanka-style attacks at tourist destinations: report

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For all of those planning a trip overseas, there is a lot more to consider than just travel arrangements and hotel accommodations.  In this New York Post article, Lee Brown, brings us aware of the threat of Islamic terrorists planning their attacks on tourist destinations.    And if you think this is new to our world here’s an excerpt from a speech given by Winston Churchill on March 18, 1931 at Royal Albert Hall in London entitled “Abandoning India.”  In the speech a point is made that should Britain remove its troops from India it would lead to a large scale inter-communal violence and bloodshed between the Hindus and Muslims…”side by side with this Brahmin theocracy and the immense Hindu population, angelic and untouchable castes alike, there dwell in India seventy millions of Muslims, a race of far greater physical vigour and fierceness, armed with a religion which lends itself only too readily to war and conquest.  While the Hindu elaborates his argument, the Muslim sharpens his sword.”  

Here’s the report:

Islamic terrorists are feared to be plotting Sri Lanka-style massacres at other popular tourist destinations, intelligence officials have warned.

Jihadi fighters fleeing Iraq and Syria after the fall of ISIS are now able to concentrate on plotting devastating attacks with radicals overseas, according to the UK’s Sunday Telegraph.

Intelligence sources told the paper that the devastation in Sri Lanka — where at least 250 were killed — will strengthen the resolve to further target popular hotspots packed with tourists.

The dire warnings come as all Catholic Sunday Masses in Sri Lanka have also been suspended until further notice following the Easter Sunday attacks.

“It’s grim to say so, but we should expect more attempts at attacks like these more regularly for the foreseeable future,” warned Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, a researcher who tracks ISIS.  “Sri Lanka was not a one-off. If anything, it was a test run.”

Well-placed sources told the paper that India, the Maldives and east African resorts in Kenya and in Tanzania are most vulnerable.

“The change in tactics is a big worry,” one intelligence source told the paper. “When they were running a de facto state that also meant running things like a health service and all that entails. That took up a lot of their time.

“But now they are not doing that they have a lot of time to push out their propaganda and they do that by carrying out attacks.”

A second source also warned that the end of ISIS’ stronghold in Syria meant that terrorists are “dispersing around the world and seeking to carry out attacks.”

  • 04/28/2109
  • Lee Brown