While leftist politicians and media around the world spent the last two days struggling to find a way to obfuscate the fact that in Sri Lanka, it was Christians being slaughtered once again in churches and hotels by Muslims, but no matter, the truth is out.
While not yet claiming credit for the deadly attacks, members of the Islamic State (ISIS) and their Muslim supporters around the world, nevertheless, are celebrating and threatening more attacks to come.
MEMRI A Kashmiri pro-ISIS channel mentioned a poster that had been released on April 20, one day before the attacks, by the pro-ISIS Indonesian media outlet Ash-Shaff Foundation. The poster, showing a hooded man standing in front of the Notre Dame in Paris with a text threatening “lone wolf attacks” in “Crusader” churches, seems to be a reaction to the April 15, 2019 Notre Dame fire. The Kashmiri channel, however, associated it with the Sri Lanka bombings, writing in English: “As-Shaff foundation (Pro Islamic State Media) had released a poster yesterday threatening of attacks and bloodshed in churches. And today three churches were attacked in Sri-Lanka.”
The pro-ISIS Muntasir Media Foundation released a poster celebrating the Sri Lanka attacks themselves. It shows a photo of one of the churches after the attack, with the caption: “Happy Easter to the Christians traitors of Jesus (‘Alehi Asalam): Here is your Reward.”
Another pro-ISIS media outlet, the Ash Shaff News Agency celebrated the attack with several sarcastic posts. After providing information on the explosions in English and Indonesian, it commented: “What a great news and bad news for kuffar[unbelievers]. Ok Mr Kuffar, Welcome and enjoying in Jahannam [Hell]. HAHA…” In a later post, after quoting media sources that blamed the blasts on the Islamist group National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ), whose members include jihadis returned from Syria, Ash Shaff commented: “OK Mr TerroriST what a great job, S A L U T E 4 You!” Following the seventh and eighth explosions, the media outlet posed: “Looks like the party is getting more exciting, nice weekend yaa Kuffar idiot! LOL.”
ISIS supporter Al-Basha’ir wrote in Arabic on his own Telegram channel: “These burning churches, I think that terrorists are behind them, but Allah knows best. Notre Dame and now Sri Lanka.” Another pro-ISIS channel, Hamlat Fadh Al-Mukhabarat (The Campaign to Expose Intelligence Agents), published a gruesome photo of the carnage in one of the churches, with the Arabic text: “Preliminary photos of the celebration that was held today in the churches of Sri Lanka. We in turn congratulate them on this beautiful, festive day and ask Allah to repeat it on many days and for extended periods.”
The pro-ISIS Quraysh Media published a poster with the caption: “Sri Lanka pays the price. Islamic State.”
Adelaide Now SITE Intelligence Group director Rita Katz says IS supporters have boasted on social media Colombo was revenge for the Christchurch mosque massacre and the US-backed military campaign in Syria.
Ms Katz said IS media channels were “posting rampantly” about the explosions and praying “may Allah accept” the attackers, indicating the group may be planning to claim responsibility. “While such a claim may frame the op as revenge for New Zealand, this was likely planned long before,” she said.
An infographic gloating about the death toll has also been disseminated on social media by IS supporters. The death toll from the eight blasts is expected to soar past 300, with hundreds more injured, many of them critically.