Easter Sunday Attacks
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Sri Lanka’s Muslim clerics seek clarity from govt regarding face veil ban implemented after April's Easter Sunday attacks
Clerics are wary of Muslim community will be targeted again for violence, as it was in the aftermath of April's Easter Sunday attacks
Al-Qaeda still works with Lashkar-e-Taiba, Haqqani Network, functions as instructors for Taliban, claims UN report
Al-Qaeda 'remains resilient', continues to cooperate closely with Pakistan-based LeT, Haqqani Network, according to a UN report. This was revealed in the 24th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team. Under Taliban patronage, Al-Qaeda is keen to strengthen its presence in Badakhshan Province, Shighnan area, in Barmal in Paktika Province.
Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombers inspired by Islamic State, but had no direct link to terror group, claim investigators
Sri Lanka's former police chief, Pujith Jayasundara, and former secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Hemasiri Fernando, are currently facing criminal charges over their alleged negligence in failing to prevent the attack.
Sri Lanka blasts: Head of country's Catholic Church says 176 children lost one or both parents in Easter Sunday bombings
A total of 176 children have lost either one or both of their parents during the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people, a media report quoted the head of Sri Lanka's Catholic Church as saying.
Sri Lanka blasts: Sacked top defence official faces charges for criminal negligence over Easter bombings
Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through various places in Sri Lanka.
Easter Sunday bombings: DNA test confirms death of NTJ leader involved in attack on Sri Lanka’s Shangri-La hotel
Sri Lanka authorities have confirmed through DNA tests that one of the two suicide bombers who died in the Shangri-La Hotel bombing during Easter Sunday attacks was local NTJ leader Zahran Cassim
National Thowheeth Jamath, two other Islamist extremist organisations banned in Sri Lanka; use of drones prohibited indefinitely
Sri Lanka has banned three Islamist extremist groups, including the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) that carried out the country's worst terror attack on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed
Sri Lanka bomb blasts: UN expresses alarm over rise in prejudice against minorities, says govt 'shouldn't tolerate' communal violence
Sri Lanka officials added that 'the Government needs to give the example that it will not tolerate the spread of prejudice and hate. This needs to be done at the national and local level, by putting an end to local discriminatory practices'.
Sri Lanka blocks social media platforms to 'prevent spread of false information', day after Sinhalese-Muslim clashes
After the Easter Sunday attacks, the Sri Lankan authorities had imposed restrictions on social media platforms but lifted them on 30 April
Islamic State chief appears in propaganda video for first time in five years, refers to Sri Lanka blasts and fight for Baghouz
The Islamic State group's elusive chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has purportedly appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released on Monday by the jihadist organisation.
Sri Lanka police raids headquarters of hardline Islamist group suspected to be behind church bombings
Sri Lanka police raided the headquarters of a hardline Islamist group founded by the suspected ringleader behind the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels, a Reuters witness said, as Sunday mass was cancelled due to fears of further attacks.
Sri Lanka blasts: Mahinda Rajapaksa says no need for India to send NSG troops, blames president, PM for inaction against terror groups
Mahinda Rajapaksa said India has been helpful after the attacks in Sri Lanka, but there is no need for the NSG to come in.
Sri Lanka bans two Islamist groups suspected to be behind Easter Sunday attacks; ringleader's family wounded during military raid
Nearly 10,000 soldiers have been deployed across Sri Lanka to carry out searches and boost security since the bombings in three churches and four hotels, most of which were in the capital Colombo.
Sri Lanka attacks: Thankful for information provided by India, 'unfortunate' that we could not act on it, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells DD News
Ranil Wickremesinghe added that the two countries have been exchanging information for "some time" and that further discussions are on.
Sri Lanka: At least 16 killed as police raid suspected bomber hideout in Kalmunai, Sammanthurai; seven arrested
A joint operation to hunt down the terrorists behind the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka turned into a fierce gunfight between the raid party and the suspects when a terrorist safe house was raided in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Kalmunai.
Sri Lanka's intel failure result of political rivalry between PM, president; ‘lack of communication’ between leaders aided Easter Sunday blasts
Government dysfunction and an intelligence failure that preceded the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka are traced to simmering divisions between the president and prime minister after a weeks-long political crisis that crippled the country last year.
Sri Lanka blasts: 6 children among 15 killed after suicide bombers set off explosives during raids in Sammanthurai at suspected IS hideout
At least 15 people, including six children, were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up when cornered by security forces in eastern Sri Lanka, police said on Saturday.
Sri Lanka blasts: Muslim leaders in key accused Zahran Hashim’s hometown Kattankudy raised alarm ‘years ago’
Zahran Hashim's sword-wielding zealotry fuelled fears in the sleepy east coast town of Kattankudy long before the cleric became Sri Lanka's most wanted man over the horrific Easter Sunday suicide attacks.
Joining foreign 'armed uprising' not against law in Sri Lanka, says PM, claims govt knew about nationals who returned from Syria
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government had known that Sri Lanka nationals who had joined the Islamic State had returned to the country, but they could not be arrested as joining a foreign terrorist organisation is not against the law.
Maithripala Sirisena admits Sri Lanka govt is 'responsible' for Easter Sunday attacks due to lapses in communicating intel inputs
Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appealed to the island nation not to view its minority Muslim community as terrorists in the wake of Easter Sunday attacks that officials say was carried out by a local Muslim extremist group.