Latest Sri Lanka Easter bombings News

India, Sri Lanka agree to step up anti-terrorism efforts

Jun. 9, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage Sunday to the more than 250 Sri Lankans killed in the Easter suicide bombings, and agreed with Sri Lanka's leaders to step up cooperation to combat terrorism. Modi, on his first overseas tour since being reelected this spring,...

Aussie home minister lays wreath at bombed Sri Lanka church

Jun. 3, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton laid a wreath and offered condolences Monday for the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka during a visit to the South Asian island nation. Dutton visited St. Sebastian's Church in the seaside town of Negombo, one of three...

Anxiety, hope as church schools wait to reopen in Sri Lanka

May. 15, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since last month's devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels. All of the island nation's schools were set to reopen the day after the...

Sri Lankan church schools to reopen after Easter bombings

May. 9, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Catholic officials said Thursday that church-run schools that have been closed since Easter Sunday bombings are expected to reopen next week, and Sunday Masses will resume this weekend if security conditions are appropriate. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm...

The Latest: Mass held at church where 100 died in bombing

May. 9, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people when suicide bombers struck three churches and three hotels (all times local): 12 a.m. The first Catholic mass has been celebrated at St. Sebastian's Church in the Sri Lankan city of Negombo...

All directly involved in Sri Lanka attacks dead or arrested

May. 7, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Two bomb experts were among the suicide attackers who struck churches and hotels on Easter in Sri Lanka and all those directly involved in the bombings are either dead or under arrest, police said. Acting police chief C.D. Wickramaratne also said in a statement that explosives the...

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

May. 6, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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...

Correction: Denmark-Sri Lanka Blasts story

May. 6, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — In a story May 6 about a funeral in Denmark, The Associated Press reported erroneously that more than 350 people were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21. That was an early estimate but Sri Lanka has since lowered the death toll in those bombings to more than 250...

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

May. 6, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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...

Sri Lanka Catholics celebrate Mass via TV amid new warnings

May. 5, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Catholics celebrated Sunday Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed amid fears of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, offered a televised Mass from his residence that was attended...