Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

World 04/25/19, 06:01

After fleeing their homes in Pakistan over militant attacks and government persecution, hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims felt they finally found peace in Sri Lanka as they sought resettlement across the world.Then came the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, many Christians praying at church, and suddenly they were targeted ...

Sri Lanka bans drones, looks for bombs 4 days after attack

World 04/25/19, 00:16

Sri Lanka has banned drones and unmanned aircraft as authorities continue controlled detonations of suspicious items four days after a series of suicide bombing attacks killed more than 350 people in and around the capital of Colombo.Sri Lanka's civil aviation authority said Thursday that it was taking the measure "in ...

Sri Lankan woman loses most of her family in Easter bombings

World 04/24/19, 09:28

Before the undertakers could move in, Anusha Kumari wrested herself away from her sisters and flung herself on the three coffins, wailing. In an instant on Sunday, the 43-year-old woman was left childless and a widow when suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on churches and luxury hotels in and ...

Radicalization among Sri Lanka’s Muslims was slow and steady

World 04/24/19, 07:30

A spate of attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims.The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350 people in churches and ...

10 Things to Know for Today

World 04/24/19, 05:20

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SRI LANKA EASTER BOMBINGS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 359 The country's leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks. 2. CRUCIAL SUMMIT IN FAR-EASTERN RUSSIA North Korean ...

Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat

World 04/24/19, 02:56

The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming.As the investigation into Sunday's Islamic State-claimed attack continues, FBI agents and U.S. military personnel ...

Update: FBI assisting in Sri Lanka bomb investigation

World 04/24/19, 00:51

The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 10:15 a.m. The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka says the FBI is on the ground in the country to help assist its investigation into the Easter suicide bombings that killed 359 people. The embassy said it was part of the support ...

Death toll rises to 359 in Sri Lanka bombings, more arrested

World 04/23/19, 22:44

The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 359 and more suspects have been arrested, police said Wednesday.The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the seven bombers who blew themselves up at three churches and three hotels Sunday ...

Unspeakable grief: 5 members of 1 family killed in Sri Lanka

World 04/23/19, 12:51

The dark wooden coffins, sitting side by side, attested to one family's unspeakable grief.The Gomez family gathered Tuesday to say a final farewell to five loved ones — a son, a daughter-in-law and three young grandsons — brutally killed as they attended Easter Sunday Mass at Colombo's St. Joseph's Shrine."All ...

Update: Sri Lanka: Bombings retaliation for Christchurch

World 04/23/19, 04:23

The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Sri Lanka's minister of defense says the Easter Sunday bombings were "carried out in retaliation" for attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. People pray during a nationwide three-minutes silence as a tribute to Easter Sunday ...

Militants blamed in Sri Lanka attacks had incendiary leader

World 04/23/19, 02:01

The purported leader of an Islamic extremist group blamed for an Easter attack in Sri Lanka that killed over 300 people began posting videos online three years ago calling for non-Muslims to be "eliminated," faith leaders said Tuesday.Much remained unclear about how a little-known group called National Thowfeek Jamaath carried ...

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

World 04/23/19, 00:20

More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks.Some details on the victims:___Mourners grieve at the burial of three members of the same family victims of Easter Sunday bomb ...

Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310

World 04/22/19, 23:10

As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said.Sri Lanka's president ...

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide bombing

World 04/22/19, 22:20

The deadly Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the South Asian island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest.Government ministers have said seven Sri Lankans from a little-known local group carried out the ...

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

Europe 04/22/19, 19:38

At least 290 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks. Some details on the victims:SRI LANKA: The vast majority of the victims were Sri Lankan, many from the island nation's Christian ...

Update: Trump pledges support for Sri Lanka

Politics 04/22/19, 10:29

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 8:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has called the prime minister of Sri Lanka to express condolences for Easter attacks that killed nearly 300 people. Sri Lankans gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine a day after series of blasts in Colombo, Sri ...

Photos: Bombings turn Easter into tragedy in Sri Lanka

World 04/22/19, 06:57

Coordinated bombings turned Easter Sunday festivities into a national tragedy in Sri Lanka, killing at least 290 people and wounding more than 500 others. The nine blasts mainly targeted churches and luxury hotels in the country's deadliest violence since its civil war ended a decade ago.The blasts destroyed ceilings and ...

A Catholic town at the center of Sri Lanka’s deadly attacks

World 04/22/19, 05:53

The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called "Little Rome," a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country's small Catholic community.But it was also known for its tolerance. Negombo's Angurukaramulla Temple is a well-known stop for Buddhist pilgrims. ...

Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

World 04/22/19, 05:40

Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 200 people, the country's health minister said Monday. The coordinated bombings that ripped through churches and luxury hotels ...

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