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Sri Lanka revises Easter attack death toll

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/26/19, 12:22 pm

A Sri Lankan military spokesman said Friday that soldiers exchanged gunfire with terror suspects after attempting to conduct a raid on a building during the ongoing investigation into Easter Sunday’s suicide bomb attacks. Brig. Sumith Atapattu said a gunbattle was underway in the coastal town of Sammanthurai. Officials late Thursday lowered the death count from Sunday’s attacks to 253 people. Senior health ministry official Anil Jasinghe said the nine explosions at churches and hotels damaged some bodies beyond recognition, making positive identification difficult.

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‘Shaken, but not broken’

Terrorism | Christians in Sri Lanka reel from Easter attacks that underscored the reach of global terror 
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/25/19, 12:52 pm

Six days after a massive fire blazed through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a gang of suicide bombers tore through Easter morning worship services in three churches on the South Asian island of Sri Lanka.

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Unbreakable bonds

Terrorism | Why ISIS targets churches
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/25/19, 12:34 pm

By one count there are 138 Islamist terror groups in the world specifically targeting Christians and Jews. One hundred thirty-eight. 

They range from the better-known ISIS affiliates in the Middle East to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, the Caucasus Emirate of Russia, and the Jemaah Islamiyah affiliates of the Far East. 

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