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Sri Lankan army probes possible additional extremist groups

Sri Lanka’s army chief says other groups of Islamic extremists could be operating in the country independent of the one that carried out Easter Sunday bomb attacks. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan gov’t minister: At least 1 Muslim killed in riots

A Sri Lankan Cabinet minister says a Muslim man was killed and dozens of shops and mosques were destroyed in communal violence in apparent retaliation to the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka Catholics hold 1st Sunday Mass since attacks

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has held the first regular Sunday Mass since the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels killed more than 250 people. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan church schools to reopen after Easter bombings

Sri Lankan Catholic officials say church-run schools that have been closed since Easter Sunday bomb attacks are expected to reopen next week, and Sunday Masses will resume this weekend if security conditions are appropriate. Continue reading

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All directly involved in Sri Lanka attacks dead or arrested

Sri Lankan police say two bomb experts were among the suicide attackers who struck churches and hotels on Easter and all those directly involved in the bombings are either dead or under arrest. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka issues curfew in town of bombed church after clash

Sri Lanka military spokesman Brig. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka Catholics celebrate Mass via TV amid new warnings

Sri Lankan Catholics are celebrating Sunday Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed after reports of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka police ask public to hand in blades following bomb

Police in Sri Lanka have requested members of the public hand over swords or other large knives to the nearest police stations after hundreds of such blades were discovered in Mosques and homes during searches in the aftermath of Easter Sunday suicide … Continue reading

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The Latest: Cardinal says more churches could face attacks

The Latest on attacks by an Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 257 people (all times local): 10 p.m. Sri Lanka’s Catholic cardinal says that he has received “foreign information” that attempts w… Continue reading

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Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka’s capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings. Continue reading

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IS leader outlines path forward for his group post-caliphate

No longer burdened by territory and administration, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outlined the new path forward for his group: Widen your reach, connect with far-flung militant groups and exhaust your enemies with a “war of attrition.” Continue reading

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The Latest: India nabs alleged follower of Sri Lanka suspect

The Latest on the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka (all times local): 1:35 p.m. India’s investigative agency says it has arrested a 29-year-old Indian man who has identified himself as a follower of the alleged leader of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka an… Continue reading

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Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

Sri Lanka’s president has lifted a nationwide social media ban that was imposed after Easter suicide bomb attacks that killed 253 people. Continue reading

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Church wants more vigorous crackdown on Sri Lankan Islamists

The Catholic church in Sri Lanka says the government should crack down on Islamists with more vigor “as if on war footing” in the aftermath of the Easter bombings. Continue reading

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The Latest: Sri Lanka troops find 15 bodies in raid on house

The Latest on Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka (all times local): 8:50 a.m. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka says 2 militants, civilian killed in fresh raid

Sri Lanka’s military says soldiers are raiding an area in the country’s east where a gunfight between troops and suspects linked to the Easter suicide bombings killed two militants and one civilian. Continue reading

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The Latest: Australia says Sri Lanka bombings had IS support

The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 7:10 a.m. Continue reading

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Security heavy as Sri Lanka warns of further attacks

Heavy security is out on the streets of Sri Lanka’s capital after warnings of further attacks by the militant group blamed for the Easter bombing that killed at least 250 people. Continue reading

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The Latest: Australia says Sri Lanka bomber studied there

The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Continue reading

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