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Death toll lowered to 253, Sri Lanka braces for more attacks

Apr. 25, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Thursday lowered the death toll from the Easter suicide bombings by nearly one-third, to 253, as authorities hunted urgently for a least five more suspects and braced for the possibility of more attacks in the next few days. In rolling back the number of dead from...

AP Interview: Sri Lanka's PM says potential bombers at large

Apr. 25, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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...

Sri Lanka Muslims, refugees fear backlash from Easter attack

Apr. 25, 2019 1:21 PM 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 about 250 people, many Christians...

The Latest: Sri Lanka revises down death toll from attack

Apr. 25, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Sri Lankan authorities say the death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide attacks is lower than previously stated and now stands at "approximately" 253 people. Top health ministry official Dr. Anil Jasinghe...

Sri Lanka's prime minister tells AP that father of two of the suicide bombers, a wealthy spice trader, has been arrested

Apr. 25, 2019 9:04 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister tells AP that father of two of the suicide bombers, a wealthy spice trader, has been arrested.

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...