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No ‘political conspiracy’ behind Easter attacks: International terrorism expert

There was no “political conspiracy” behind the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, according to Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSS) Director General Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, who is also the Head of Singapore Nanyang Technological University’s International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR).

During a recent interview on the “Talk with Chatura” programme aired on the Derana channel, the INSS Director General – which is a Government-appointed position – explained that the video recorded by the attacks’ ringleader, Zahran Hashim and the other suicide bombers taking a pledge of allegiance prior to the carnage, proves that there was no political conspiracy.

When looking into the video, it is understood that that the ideology of the terrorists had moved from fundamentalism to extremism, and then from extremism to terrorism, Prof. Gunaratna added.

“In this video, Zahran explains why they attacked the churches. This was an onslaught carried out based on extremism. Nobody can now say a conspiracy was behind the attacks, because now we have evidence. This video is the best proof,” he said.