Suicide bombing outside Pakistan shrine kills 8

World 05/08/19, 02:23

A suicide bomber attacked security forces guarding a famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding 23 others, police said.Officials said it was not clear if the target was the shrine itself, known as Data Darbar, or police outside guarding ...

2 arrested after clash in Sri Lanka town hit by Easter blast

World 05/06/19, 09:37

Two people were arrested after mobs attacked Muslim-owned shops and vehicles in a Sri Lankan town where a suicide bombing targeted a Catholic church on Easter, police said Monday.Residents of the seaside town of Negombo said the mostly Catholic attackers stoned and vandalized shops on Sunday night. It was unclear ...

2 arrested after clash in Sri Lanka town hit by Easter blast

World 05/05/19, 23:10

Two people have been arrested and an overnight curfew lifted Monday in a Sri Lankan town where a suicide bombing targeted a Catholic church last month and weekend clashes were said to involve majority ethnic Sinhalese and Muslims.Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the situation has been brought under control. He ...

Update: Cardinal says more churches could face attacks

World 05/02/19, 11:35

The Latest on attacks by an Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 257 people (all times local):10 p.m.Sri Lanka's Catholic cardinal says that he has received "foreign information" that attempts would be made this week to attack a church and another Catholic ...

Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

World 05/01/19, 23:24

Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings.Rev. Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo diocese, said Thursday that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had canceled all Sunday ...

Memory center takes visitors through 4 decades of Afghan war

World 04/30/19, 01:09

A teary-eyed Hameed Rafi said he'll never forget the day he joined a panel of civilian war victims and family members and spoke about the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed his sister last August.Sharing his story with them in March at the Afghanistan Center for Memory and Dialogue, Rafi ...

Links to Easter bombings put eastern Sri Lanka on edge

World 04/29/19, 03:25

Suicide bombings at a militants' safe house have shaken the simple homes of this east Sri Lankan town as well as the rest of this idyllic coast, as the investigation into the Islamic State-claimed Easter bombings has spread here.Police and military checkpoints dot the coastal roads, with people emptying out ...

East Sri Lanka on edge after Easter bombers linked to region

World 04/28/19, 09:52

Suicide bombings at a militants' safe house have shaken the simple homes of this east Sri Lankan town as well as the rest of this idyllic coast, as the investigation into the Islamic State-claimed Easter bombings has spread here.Police and military checkpoints dot the coastal roads, with people emptying out ...

Update: Sri Lanka troops find 15 bodies in raid on house

World 04/26/19, 22:26

The Latest on Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka (all times local): 8:50 a.m. Police say that 15 bodies including six children have been found after a raid in east Sri Lanka on militants linked to the Easter bombings. Shoes and other belongings of worshippers lie stacked up inside St. Anthony's Church in ...

Sri Lanka says 2 militants, civilian killed in fresh raid

World 04/26/19, 21:36

Sri Lanka's military says soldiers are raiding an area in the country's east where a gunfight between troops and suspects linked to the Easter suicide bombings killed two militants and one civilian.Maj. Gen. Aruna Jayasekara, the local military commander, said Saturday that at least three people were wounded in the ...

Interview: Sri Lanka’s PM says potential bombers at large

World 04/25/19, 10:32

Sri Lanka's prime minister said Thursday that suspects linked to the coordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks remain at large and could have access to explosives.Some of the suspects "may go out for a suicide attack," Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The Associated Press.Wickremesinghe spoke frankly about ...

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 ...

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, 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 ...

Update: 10 dead in blast at restaurant in Somali capital

World 03/28/19, 06:54

The Latest on explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local):2:55 p.m.Police say at least 10 people have been killed and seven others wounded in a car bomb blast outside a restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.Medics carry away the dead body of a woman killed after a blast outside a restaurant ...

Update: Somali minister among 5 killed in Somalia attack

World 03/23/19, 07:15

The Latest on the attack in Somalia's capital (all times local):3:10 p.m.A Somali police officer says five people, including the country's deputy labor minister, have been killed in an Islamic extremist attack on a government building in the capital.A woman stands behind wreckage left from a suicide car bomb attack ...

A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

World 03/15/19, 05:00

Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: Oct. 31, 2010: Al-Qaida in Iraq militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing ...

Update: Death toll in Afghanistan attack rises to 16

World 03/06/19, 02:34

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):11:55 a.m.An Afghan provincial spokesman says the death toll from a militant attack on a construction company near a main airport in the country's east has risen to 16.Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor in eastern Nangarhar province, says that along with ...

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