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Sri Lanka blasts: 293 suspects arrested in connection with Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 people
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Sri Lanka blasts: 293 suspects arrested in connection with Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 people

The Sri Lankan police on Thursday said that 293 suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings in the island country in April

Three months after being ravaged by Easter Sunday blasts, Sri Lanka’s St Sebastian’s Church reconsecrated
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Three months after being ravaged by Easter Sunday blasts, Sri Lanka’s St Sebastian’s Church reconsecrated

The St Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo was reconsecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation

Sri Lanka blasts: Head of country's Catholic Church says 176 children lost one or both parents in Easter Sunday bombings
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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 Easter bombings: Two of nine Muslim ministers return to govt after resigning over 'anti-minority sentiments'
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Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Two of nine Muslim ministers return to govt after resigning over 'anti-minority sentiments'

Two of the nine Sri Lankan Muslim ministers, who had resigned in the wake of growing anti-minority sentiments following the Easter Sunday bombings, returned to the government fold on Wednesday.

NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu over suspected links between Indian citizens, perpetrators of Sri Lanka attacks
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NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu over suspected links between Indian citizens, perpetrators of Sri Lanka attacks

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) Wednesday carried out searches at various places, following reports that some people are in touch with those involved in the Easter day church blasts in Sri Lanka

Easter Sunday bombings: DNA test confirms death of NTJ leader involved in attack on Sri Lanka’s Shangri-La hotel
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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

Sri Lanka blasts: Month after Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, examining their aftermath
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Sri Lanka blasts: Month after Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, examining their aftermath

In a series of coordinated attacks by suicide bombers that killed over 250 people, Sri Lanka mourns the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings.

Six-hour curfew imposed in Sri Lanka as communal violence spreads; social media ban reimposed
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Six-hour curfew imposed in Sri Lanka as communal violence spreads; social media ban reimposed

A six-hour countrywide curfew was enforced in Sri Lanka on Monday as communal violence spread to new areas in the island nation in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings

Sri Lanka still faces Islamic State threat, says Ranil Wickremesinghe; St Anthony’s Shrine partially opened for worship
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Sri Lanka still faces Islamic State threat, says Ranil Wickremesinghe; St Anthony’s Shrine partially opened for worship

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said that authorities have arrested or killed all the militants responsible for the deadly Easter blasts, but warned that the country still faces the threat of IS terror attacks

Two weeks after Easter Sunday bomb blasts, schools re-open in Sri Lanka; special circular issued to ensure security at institutions
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Two weeks after Easter Sunday bomb blasts, schools re-open in Sri Lanka; special circular issued to ensure security at institutions

Schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday with few students arriving in classrooms, two weeks after the devastating Easter Sunday bombings

Sri Lanka blocks social media platforms to 'prevent spread of false information', day after Sinhalese-Muslim clashes
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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 planning 'new strategy' to target smaller countries, claims Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena
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Islamic State planning 'new strategy' to target smaller countries, claims Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena

Maithripala Sirisena said the analysis of the explosives and devices taken into custody suggested that the bombs used in the coordinated terror attacks on 21 April, which rattled several churches and high-end hotels across the country, were made locally

Sri Lanka blasts: Mahinda Rajapaksa says no need for India to send NSG troops, blames president, PM for inaction against terror groups
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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
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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
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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 blasts: Muslim leaders in key accused Zahran Hashim’s hometown Kattankudy raised alarm  ‘years ago’
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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.

Road to Colombo's Carnage
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Road to Colombo's Carnage

Islam, Christianity and Colonialism collided with greed in the Indian Ocean, creating an ideological storm that is far from spent. Islam arrived on the island around 9CE, and local monarchs encouraged the traders to marry into the community. But the arrival of European powers in 1505 gave rise to the anti-Muslim hostility

Sri Lanka govt revises toll in Easter Sunday blasts from 359 to 253; says scale of mutilation is grim indicator of explosions' force
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Sri Lanka govt revises toll in Easter Sunday blasts from 359 to 253; says scale of mutilation is grim indicator of explosions' force

The dramatic revision of the death toll in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, which has been cut by more than 100, is a grim indicator of the power of the deadly blasts.

Christian leaders preach restraint in Sri Lanka after deadly blast, but rage in ethnically diverse Catholic society threatens fragile calm
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Christian leaders preach restraint in Sri Lanka after deadly blast, but rage in ethnically diverse Catholic society threatens fragile calm

After Islamic militants detonated suicide bombs on Sunday that killed Easter worshippers in three churches, Tamil and Sinhalese Christians are once again turning to a religion that, unusually for Sri Lanka, binds people of different ethnicities by a single faith

Sri Lanka's defence secretary resigns over Easter attack, PM Wickremesinghe says police targeting sleeper cells
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Sri Lanka's defence secretary resigns over Easter attack, PM Wickremesinghe says police targeting sleeper cells

Facing public criticism for not acting against Islamist extremist groups in the island nation, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said some of the suspected attackers responsible for the Easter bombings were being monitored by the country's intelligence services.