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Father of suspected Easter bombers arrested; Colombo on edge

Apr. 25, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The father of two of the suspected Easter suicide bombers was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aiding his sons, according to Sri Lanka's former navy chief, as businesses and religious leaders worried about a new attack four days after blasts killed more than 350 people. Across...

Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

Apr. 25, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

PASYALA, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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...

The Latest: Pakistan Christians honor Sri Lanka victims

Apr. 25, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Pakistan's minority Christians have gathered at a church in the Islamabad amid tight security to pay their respects to the victims of Easter bombings in Sri Lanka in which more than 350 people were killed....

Sri Lanka's former navy chief says father of 2 Easter suicide bombers arrested on suspicion of aiding his sons

Apr. 25, 2019 4:37 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's former navy chief says father of 2 Easter suicide bombers arrested on suspicion of aiding his sons.

The Latest: Body of Japanese victim returned from Sri Lanka

Apr. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 6 a.m. Japan's Foreign Ministry has confirmed one Japanese national was killed and four others injured in the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. The body of the person who died was returned to Japan early Thursday....

Sri Lankan woman loses most of her family in Easter bombings

Apr. 24, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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, she was left childless and a widow when suicide bombers attacked churches and luxury hotels in and near Sri Lanka's capital of...

Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Apr. 24, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — 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...

Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings

Apr. 24, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president shook up the country's top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, his office said Wednesday. The capital of Colombo, meanwhile, remained...

The Latest: London counter-terrorism team seeks images

Apr. 23, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 11 p.m. London police are asking for images taken during the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. Acting Commander Alexis Boon said Tuesday that counter-terrorism police want to look at any images and footage taken before,...

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

Apr. 23, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country's prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still...