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ISIS claims Sri Lanka bombings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/23/19, 10:56 am

Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, where more than 300 people died in the violence. The attacks were “carried out in retaliation” for the last month’s shooting at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people, Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament on Tuesday. He blamed the security department’s “weakness” for failing to prevent the attacks.

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‘Intelligence failure’ preceded Sri Lanka bombings

International | The Sri Lankan government received warnings 10 days ahead of the attacks
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/22/19, 11:17 am

SRI LANKA: Suicide bombers struck an evangelical church and two Catholic churches, three hotels, and other sites on Easter Sunday in what appeared to be a coordinated attack that has left an estimated 290 dead and wounded more than 500 others. St. Sebastian Church posted on Facebook photos of the aftermath in its building, where perhaps 100 worshippers were killed.

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Attacks in Sri Lanka kill hundreds on Easter Sunday

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/22/19, 10:45 am

A series of bombings on Easter Sunday targeted churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing at least 290 people and leaving more than 500 others injured. The first of nine explosions struck St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, the capital city. A few hours later, two additional blasts went off at the Protestant Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa and at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Negombo, a mostly Catholic town north of Colombo. Three smaller explosions detonated hours later at a guest house, an overpass, and a housing block as police officers tracked down the suspects.

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