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Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after deadly attacks

Apr. 21, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services including Facebook,...

'Panic mode': Witness describes aftermath of Sri Lanka bombs

Apr. 21, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

Bhanuka Harischandra was running a little late for his meeting Sunday. As a car carrying him pulled into the back entrance of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo, he realized something was wrong. People were telling him not to come in, it wasn't safe. Still, the car pulled around to the...

Pope denounces 'cruel violence' of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis...

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...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 'several' Americans have been killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 'several' Americans have been killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

A look at Sri Lanka's troubled recent history marked by war

Apr. 21, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, blamed on religious extremists, recalled the worst days of the country's 26-year civil war. A look at a long and troubled history marked by ethnic and religious divides: ___ YEARS OF WAR Sri Lanka, an island nation of some 23...

A look at the churches and hotels targeted in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Several near-simultaneous blasts tore through three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the bloodiest outbreak of violence in the South Asian country since civil war ended a decade ago. No one has claimed responsibility. Since the decades-long conflict...

Sri Lankan police spokesman says 207 dead, 450 injured in series of Easter Sunday blasts

Apr. 21, 2019 8:24 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police spokesman says 207 dead, 450 injured in series of Easter Sunday blasts.

Sri Lankan authorities impose 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew after series of blasts that killed at least 190

Apr. 21, 2019 7:34 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities impose 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew after series of blasts that killed at least 190.