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Sri Lanka police arrest 23 for targeting Muslims after Easter bombings

05 May, 2019 8:45 pm 8:45 pm

KOTTAMPITIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Sri Lankan police arrested 23 people on Tuesday in connection with a spate of attacks on Muslim-owned homes and shops in apparent reprisal for the Easter bombings by Islamist militants that killed more than 250 people. Soldiers in armored vehicles patrolled the towns hit by sectarian violence this week as … Read More

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Sri Lanka blocks social media after Muslim shops, mosques attacked

05 May, 2019 12:53 pm 12:53 pm

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka on Monday temporarily blocked some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants. The island nation has ramped up security as fears grow that minority Muslims among its population of 22 … Read More

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Saudi embassy advises Saudis to leave Sri Lanka: state TV

05 May, 2019 10:52 am 10:52 am

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia advised its nationals to leave Sri Lanka, Al Ekhbariya state TV said, citing the kingdom’s embassy in Colombo. “Due to the current security situation in the Republic of Sri Lanka, the embassy advises citizens in Sri Lanka to leave,” the embassy said in a tweet. The advice follows suicide bomb … Read More

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Sri Lanka on alert for attacks as archbishop slams poor church security

04 April, 2019 9:58 pm 9:58 pm

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan (SL) security officials have warned that Islamist militants behind Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings are planning attacks and could be dressed in uniform, as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches. The militants were targeting five locations for attacks on Sunday just passed or on Monday, security sources … Read More

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Sri Lanka bans groups suspected to be behind attacks; ringleader’s re...

04 April, 2019 11:22 pm 11:22 pm

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s president on Saturday outlawed two Islamist groups suspected to be behind the suicide bombings on churches and hotels while the wife and child of the suspected ringleader were wounded during a military raid in the safe house, his family and police said. The National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu … Read More

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Pakistani Embassy asks citizens to take preventive measures in Colombo

04 April, 2019 9:51 am 9:51 am

COLOMBO (92 News) – The Pakistani Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, advised its citizens to take certain precautionary measures in view of the current situation Following deadly blast, the embassy warned its citizens from unnecessarily going out at public places in view of the current situation. The embassy also urged Pakistani citizens to avoid going … Read More

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Sri Lanka revises death toll from attacks down by 100

04 April, 2019 8:37 am 8:37 am

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan officials revised the death toll from Easter Sunday bombings down by about 100 on Thursday, blaming the difficulty in identifying body parts at bomb scenes for the earlier inaccurate number. The new official figure was 253, down from an earlier 359, Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said. He blamed inaccurate … Read More

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Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police

04 April, 2019 10:59 am 10:59 am

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four hotels hit … Read More

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IS claims responsibility for bomb attacks in Sri Lanka

04 April, 2019 10:43 pm 10:43 pm

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka which resulted 321 people in what officials believe was retaliation for assaults on mosques in New Zealand. The claim, issued through the group’s AMAQ news agency, was made after Sri Lanka said two domestic militant groups with suspected … Read More

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Sri Lanka attacks revenge for NZ mosque killings: minister

04 April, 2019 4:44 pm 4:44 pm

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for recent deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, adding that two domestic militant groups were believed to have been behind Sunday’s blasts. No group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, which officials said were carried … Read More

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Sri Lanka wakes to emergency law after Easter bombing attacks

04 April, 2019 10:07 am 10:07 am

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankans woke to emergency law on Tuesday as authorities searched for those behind suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 290 people at the weekend, with the focus turning to militants with links to foreign groups. No group has yet to claim responsibility for Easter Sunday’s attacks on … Read More

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Sri Lanka says attacks carried out by suicide bombers

04 April, 2019 4:43 pm 4:43 pm

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, an investigator said on Monday, while a government spokesman said an international network was involved. Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La … Read More

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Sri Lanka lifts curfew after bomb attacks kill 290, wound 500

04 April, 2019 9:56 am 9:56 am

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded by a string of bombings that tore through churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. There was still no claim of responsibility for the attacks on two churches and four hotels in … Read More

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Sri Lanka imposes curfew after deadly blasts

04 April, 2019 5:48 pm 5:48 pm

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka´s government imposed a nationwide curfew Sunday that police said would go into effect immediately and would last “until further notice”, after a string of deadly blasts. Sri Lanka´s defence ministry initially said the curfew would be imposed overnight, but the police subsequently said it would go into effect straight away. … Read More

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Pakistan denounces terrorist attacks at churches, hotels in Sri Lanka

04 April, 2019 12:29 pm 12:29 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan has denounced explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that claimed more than 100 lives on the occasion of Easter Sunday. Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter. “My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in … Read More

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