That’s because in today’s world, for some reason, blaming Muslims for attacks they actually commit is simply not done.
As reported by Fox News — which also, by the way, refused to identify the perpetrators:
Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the attacks as a terrorist attack by religious extremists and said eight suspects have been arrested, though no one immediately claimed responsibility.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the violence could trigger instability in the country and its economy.
“Religious extremists” — of which religious group or sect?
Sri Lankan intelligence was provided the answer: Islamic extremists.
According to Israel National News, Sri Lankan intelligence officials were “warned that terrorist elements, including the radical Islamic organization NTJ, would carry out a suicide attack in certain churches during Easter.”
The news service reported further:
A source in the Sri Lankan security services, who spoke with the Associated Press, reported that six explosions occurred almost simultaneously. According to him, a suspicion that suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to the churches is being investigated. About four hours later another blast was heard in Dehiwela, a suburb of the city of Colombo, in which at least two other people were killed.
Indian intelligence officials added that the attack bears a striking resemblance to others carried out by extremists loyal to the Islamic State, as reported by LiveMint:
The pattern of the attack – a series of coordinated blasts at high-value targets, intelligence units said – was atypical of the Da’esh.
Da’esh is another name for ISIS.
“If you observe the pattern of the attack, it is a classic Islamic State attack. A collective of people has been targeted using explosives. The government is working closely with Sri Lanka to get to the bottom of this. As of now, we are strongly suspecting IS because of the nature of the attack, but forensics will try to establish the explosive used, and the kind of detonator and other details to get to the bottom of this," an intelligence official told LiveMint.
The official also said that sites of the attack were selected with “great care so as to garner international attention. A coordinated blast on Easter has massive religious ramifications as well.”
The official admitted that as of this writing no one group had been identified as being responsible. But the official also said that the National Investigation Agency has been breaking up Islamic State cells in the southern part of the country in recent months. (Related: CNN, AP caught staging fake news protest in London to help cover up radical terrorism attack.)
The churches and religious sites that were targeted — two Catholic and one evangelical — are a giveaway as well. As Fox News reported, “the first explosion occurred around 8:45 a.m. local time, with the deadliest appearing to be at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of Colombo. Other attacks occurred at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa.”
In addition, three major hotels — the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury Hotel — were targeted as well, and all are frequented by foreign tourists.
Two other explosions took place in Dematagoda, where authorities believe occupants of a safe house blew themselves up to avoid being arrested.
We don’t have evidence yet that Islamic extremists are responsible for the Sri Lankan attacks. But as a media organization, we would be irresponsible and remiss not to report all findings thus far.