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Understanding the Sri Lankan attacks

Today on Front Burner, Amar Amarasingam breaks down what led up to the Sri Lanka attacks and explains why he fears that local divisions have been exploited by forces outside the country’s borders.
A man cries as he walks behind the coffin of a bomb blast victim after a funeral service at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ever since Sri Lanka was hit by eight co-ordinated bomb blasts, there have been questions about who could be behind an act of terrorism that targeted churches and hotels and left more than 320 people dead. While a local group was initially blamed, ISIS is now claiming responsibility. Sri Lanka's prime minister says there is some evidence linking the attacks to ISIS.

Today on Front Burner, Amar Amarasingam, senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, breaks down what led up to this attack and explains why he fears that local divisions have been exploited by forces outside Sri Lanka's borders.

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