The security and intelligence center Soufan Group said in a recent report that sectarian tensions in Sri Lanka would benefit ISIS, aka Daesh, citing the persecution of minority Muslims there.
A number of terrorist attacks on churches and hotels took place in Sri Lanka, marking the most violent of its kind in the country’s history.
The Soufan Group’s report said that Sri Lanka had suffered from civil war for a long time. It said that the terrorist attacks have incited Buddhists to launch sectarian attacks against the Muslim minority in Sri Lanka.
The report noted that the group which carried out terrorist attacks on the churches was inspired by Bin Laden’s approach.
The report said Sri Lanka’s Muslims have been prone to attacks in retaliation after the church bombings. A total of 500 houses and stores owned by Muslims were burned during these anti-Muslim attacks.
The Soufan Group says anti-Muslims attacks will benefit only the terrorist organizations. The terrorist groups will claim that these attacks are a war against Islam and the only way for protection is the use of violence.