In what is another upsetting confirmation of the data already laid out in ‘SuperFreakonomics,’ the 2009 book by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt, terrorist suicide bombers are not necessarily recruited from poor classes in third world countries.
As the Sri Lankan government has by now confirmed, one of the suicide bombers who detonated himself in the coordinated attack on three different hotels over the weekend, actually studied both in the UK and Australia before returning to Sri Lanka, leaving any theory of terrorists being poor, uneducated perpetrators completely useless.
“We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his postgraduate in Australia before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka,” Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told a press briefing.
“Most of the attackers are well educated and come from middle or upper middle class families. They are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially,” he added.
Social media suggests that two of the bombers are reportedly brothers and the sons of a wealthy Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, spice trader.
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