Nitin Pai, the director of the Bangalore-based Takshashila Institution think tank, says the Sri Lanka attacks, like last month’s mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, foreshadows a new form of terrorism where the terrorists, the targets or both have little to do with the politics of the country where the attacks occur.
While the perpetrators were from Sri Lanka, the attacks do not make sense in the context of the island’s domestic politics.
This was also the case in Christchurch, says Pai. He labels this “third-party terrorism” and warns it will be difficult and costly to combat: “Such terrorists could choose a country merely because it offers easier opportunities for attacks.”
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