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    Sri Lankans in blast-ravaged city target refugees from Pakistan, force hundreds to flee

    Sri Lankans in blast-ravaged city target refugees from Pakistan, force hundreds to flee


    The first disturbing sign of communal backlash surfaced in grief-soaked Negombo when several Pakistani refugees were violently attacked by locals. At least 800 men, women and children, all asylum seekers living in small rental homes were asked to get out...

    The first disturbing sign of communal backlash surfaced in grief-soaked Negombo when several Pakistani refugees were violently attacked by locals. At least 800 men, women and children, all asylum seekers living in small rental homes were asked to get out of their temporary homes by their landlords, who feared they may have terrorist links.
    Sri Lanka reduces Easter blasts death toll; says 253 killed

    Sri Lanka reduces Easter blasts death toll; says 253 killed


    The death toll in Sri Lanka's Easter Day attack is around 100 fewer than the 359 originally thought, two top government officials said on Thursday. Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister whose ministry is responsible for the island's...

    The death toll in Sri Lanka's Easter Day attack is around 100 fewer than the 359 originally thought, two top government officials said on Thursday. Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister whose ministry is responsible for the island's police force, said the death toll had been revised down to 253 due to inaccurate figures provided by the country's morgues.
    Sri Lanka still faces possible terror attacks, authorities now focussing on 'sleepers': PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

    Sri Lanka still faces possible terror attacks, authorities now focussing on 'sleepers': PM Ranil Wickremesinghe


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

    Facing public criticism for not acting against Islamist extremist groups in the island nation, PM Wickremesinghe said some of the suspected attackers responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings were being monitored by the country's intelligence services. The Archdiocese of Colombo Thursday suspended all Catholic church services because of security concerns.
    Father of suspected Easter bombers arrested; Colombo on edge

    Father of suspected Easter bombers arrested; Colombo on edge


    The father of two of the suspected Easter suicide bombers was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aiding his sons, Sri Lanka's prime minister said, as businesses and religious leaders worried about a new attack four days after blasts killed more than 350...

    The father of two of the suspected Easter suicide bombers was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aiding his sons, Sri Lanka's prime minister said, as businesses and religious leaders worried about a new attack four days after blasts killed more than 350 people. Across Colombo and in Negombo, the seaside city north of the capital where a bombing killed 110 people, residents and office workers stayed indoors and closed up shops, leaving both cities unusually quiet.
    Sri Lanka's defence secretary resigns over Easter attacks

    Sri Lanka's defence secretary resigns over Easter attacks


    Sri Lanka's defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned today, days after a series of devastating suicide attacks that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing nearly 360 people. President Maithripala Sirisena had...

    Sri Lanka's defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned today, days after a series of devastating suicide attacks that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing nearly 360 people. President Maithripala Sirisena had asked Fernando to quit after their failure to prevent the blasts despite having prior intelligence.
    Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fears

    Scared Muslim refugees flee Sri Lankan homes over attack fears


    Hundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday. At least 359 people died in Sunday's coordinated suicide blasts,...

    Hundreds of Muslim refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday. At least 359 people died in Sunday's coordinated suicide blasts, including more than 100 Christians attending mass at St Sebastian's church in Negombo on the island's west coast.
    Sri Lanka suspends visas on arrival programme

    Sri Lanka suspends visas on arrival programme


    Sri Lanka on Thursday suspended its plans to grant visas on arrival to citizens of 39 countries after the devastating Easter suicide bombings that killed nearly 360 people. "Although arrangements were in place to issue visas on arrival for citizens of 39...

    Sri Lanka on Thursday suspended its plans to grant visas on arrival to citizens of 39 countries after the devastating Easter suicide bombings that killed nearly 360 people. "Although arrangements were in place to issue visas on arrival for citizens of 39 countries, we have now decided to hold it for the time being," the tourism minister said in a statement.
    Sri Lanka intensifies crackdown on terror suspects; 16 more held

    Sri Lanka intensifies crackdown on terror suspects; 16 more held


    Nine suicide bombers, believed to be the members of a local Islamist extremist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury...

    Nine suicide bombers, believed to be the members of a local Islamist extremist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels.
    Colombo area remains on edge 4 days after Easter blasts

    Colombo area remains on edge 4 days after Easter blasts


    John Keells Holdings, the parent company of the Cinnamon Grand hotel, one of the sites stricken in the Easter Sunday bombings, told employees at its various hotel properties to stay inside until at least 2:30 p.m. "further to the communications we have...

    John Keells Holdings, the parent company of the Cinnamon Grand hotel, one of the sites stricken in the Easter Sunday bombings, told employees at its various hotel properties to stay inside until at least 2:30 p.m. "further to the communications we have received'' in an email shared with The Associated Press.
    Sri Lanka paying deadly price for political infighting: Analysts

    Sri Lanka paying deadly price for political infighting: Analysts


    Crucial intelligence that could have prevented Sri Lanka's Easter attacks went ignored in part because of feuding between the country's leaders, experts say. The government has admitted "major" lapses in its failure to act on intelligence warnings, and...

    Crucial intelligence that could have prevented Sri Lanka's Easter attacks went ignored in part because of feuding between the country's leaders, experts say. The government has admitted "major" lapses in its failure to act on intelligence warnings, and analysts say a longstanding political crisis is to blame.
    11 Indians die in Sri Lanka blasts: Lankan foreign ministry

    11 Indians die in Sri Lanka blasts: Lankan foreign ministry


    "It includes, one from Bangladesh, two from China, eleven from India, three from Denmark, one from Japan, one from the Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, one from USA, two holding US...

    "It includes, one from Bangladesh, two from China, eleven from India, three from Denmark, one from Japan, one from the Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, one from USA, two holding US and UK nationalities, and two holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities," the statement said.
    11 Indians die in Sri Lanka blasts: Lankan foreign ministry

    11 Indians die in Sri Lanka blasts: Lankan foreign ministry


    "It includes, one from Bangladesh, two from China, eleven from India, three from Denmark, one from Japan, one from the Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, one from USA, two holding US...

    "It includes, one from Bangladesh, two from China, eleven from India, three from Denmark, one from Japan, one from the Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, one from USA, two holding US and UK nationalities, and two holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities," the statement said.
    Amnesty says Hong Kong office hit by China-linked cyber attack

    Amnesty says Hong Kong office hit by China-linked cyber attack


    Hong Kong, Apr 25 (AFP) Amnesty International's Hong Kong office has been hit by a years-long cyberattack from hackers with known links to the Chinese government, the rights group said...

    Hong Kong, Apr 25 (AFP) Amnesty International's Hong Kong office has been hit by a years-long cyberattack from hackers with known links to the Chinese government, the rights group said Thursday.
    Blast in town east of Sri Lankan capital, no casualties

    Blast in town east of Sri Lankan capital, no casualties


    An explosion occurred in a town east of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Thursday but there were no casualties, a police spokesman...

    An explosion occurred in a town east of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Thursday but there were no casualties, a police spokesman said.
    Blood brothers: The wealthy family behind Sri Lanka's suicide attacks

    Blood brothers: The wealthy family behind Sri Lanka's suicide attacks


    Two brothers, Inshaf Ibrahim(33) and Ilham Ibrahim (31) have emerged as key players in suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed more than 350 people in Sri Lanka. Their father, Mohamed Ibrahim, a wealthy spice trader has been arrested by the...

    Two brothers, Inshaf Ibrahim(33) and Ilham Ibrahim (31) have emerged as key players in suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed more than 350 people in Sri Lanka. Their father, Mohamed Ibrahim, a wealthy spice trader has been arrested by the police. Inshaf was responsible for the bombing at Shangri-La hotel.
    Sri Lanka's president sacks defence secretary, police chief

    Sri Lanka's president sacks defence secretary, police chief


    President Maithripala Sirisena asked defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to quit after it emerged that security forces shrugged off intelligence alerts of an impending terror strike. In an address to the...

    President Maithripala Sirisena asked defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to quit after it emerged that security forces shrugged off intelligence alerts of an impending terror strike. In an address to the nation on Tuesday, Sirisena had admitted security lapses and assured changes in police and security forces.