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Key suspects of Sri Lanka Easter bombings arrested, extradited

PARIS: International police agency Interpol on Friday announced the arrest of “one of the alleged ringleaders” of suicide bombings, which rocked hotels and churches across Sri Lanka two months ago. Following the publication of an Interpol Red Notice, which is

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Blame President Sirisena for security failure, IGP accuses

Sri Lanka’s suspended police chief has petitioned the Supreme Court, accusing President Maithripala Sirisena of failing to prevent the Easter bombings that killed 258 people. In a 20-page complaint, Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara disclosed serious communication gaps between intelligence agencies and

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Sri Lankan Muslim ministers quit portfolios; governors resigned

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Muslim ministers have quit their government portfolios and two governors quit their positions following demands by a Buddhist monk Athuraliye Rathana Thero who demanded for their resignations. There is a total of three ministers and five junior

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Sri Lankan cable operators, “Dialogue” and “SLT” block Peace TV

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan cable operators, “Dialogue” and “SLT” have banned the airing of Zakir Naik’s Peace TV following the bomb blasts in the island state on Easter Sunday. Both cable operators are the largest cable operators in Sri Lanka. An

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Sri Lanka Blast: Nine suicide bombers identified

COLOMBO:Sri Lanka’s police yesterday named nine people who staged Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 253 people, and said the attackers’ assets will be confiscated in line with anti-terror laws. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera confirmed that two of the luxury hotels

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Niqab banned in Sri Lanka due to national security concerns

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has officially banned the usage of the niqab for Muslim women on the grounds of national security. “The ban is to ensure national security. No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult,” said President Maithripala

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Churches silenced a week post Sri Lanka bomb blasts

COLOMBO: Churches across Sri Lanka suspended Sunday mass as security concerns remained high a week after suicide bombers killed over 250 in churches and hotels across the island nation. Sri Lanka has been on high alert since the attacks on

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Sri Lanka IGP Pujith Jayasundara refuses to quit amidst calls from Sirisena

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka inspector general of police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has refused a request by President Maithripala Sirisena to step down following suicide bombings on churches and hotels, two sources at the president’s office said on Saturday, deepening the rift

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Sirisena: NTJ, Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim (JMI) banned

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka president Maithiripala Sirisena has banned two local Muslim groups – National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim (JMI) one week after a series of bomb blasts that happened last week. The bomb blasts that happened on

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15 including 6 children killed in gun battle in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a military spokesman said on Saturday, six days after suicide bombers killed more

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