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A decade of peaceful Sri Lanka, and the Easter bombing

by Cema Dsouza

Colombo, May 19 : After 26 years years of civil war between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ended in 2009, Sri Lanka saw almost a decade of peace before terrorism made a comeback in the form of Easter bombings on April 21.

While violence unfolded quite commonly during the period of the civil war, the bomb blasts and suicide attacks halted to a stop in 2009. According to Reuters report, only 14 fatalities have taken place in “terrorist violence” since 2010 and up until April 21, 2019.

When 7 suicide bombers executed a series of blasts that killed more than 350 people and injured 500 more, across three churches and luxury hotels, they effectively destroyed the peace that Sri Lanka experienced for a decade.

Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that several events were planned to commemorate the victory over terrorism on the 10th anniversary of peace in the country, which had to be postponed due to the terror attacks.

Lack of vision and short-sightedness on the part of leaders who carried out a “witch-hunt” against war heroes resulted in the terror attacks, said Rajapaksa.

He extended his gratitude to war heroes and their families on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of eliminating terrorism that engulfed Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years.

Remembering the 29,000 martyrs from the Tri- forces, Police and Civil Defence Force and the 10,000 permanently disabled officers and soldiers, Rajapaksa showed his respect by thanking them for their sacrifices which led to a life free of terror for Sri Lankan citizens.

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