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Militants blamed in Sri Lanka attacks had incendiary leader

Apr. 23, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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 remains unclear about how a little-known...

Sri Lanka minister: Easter bombings a response to NZ attacks

Apr. 23, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's state minister of defense said Tuesday that the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites in the South Asian nation was "carried out in retaliation" for the shooting massacre at two New Zealand mosques last month, according to a statement. The minister, Ruwan...

The Latest: Sri Lanka: Bombings retaliation for Christchurch

Apr. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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. Ruwan Wijewardene made the comment to...

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

Apr. 23, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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...

The Latest: Man recalls death of daughter, wife in blast

Apr. 22, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 4:53 a.m. A man whose Australian wife and only child died in a bomb blast in a Sri Lanka church said he walked out ahead of his family moments before the explosion. Sudesh Kolonne told Australian...

Sri Lanka military gets special powers after deadly bombings

Apr. 22, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president gave the military sweeping police powers starting Tuesday in the wake of the Easter bombings that killed nearly 300 people, while officials disclosed that intelligence agencies had warned weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group...

Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers

Apr. 22, 2019 1:59 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers.

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

Islamic State claims Kabul attack that killed 7

Apr. 21, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate has claimed a suicide attack in the capital that killed seven people. The group says in a statement Sunday that four "martyrdom seekers" targeted the Telecommunications Ministry the day before. Afghan officials say a suicide bomber...