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UN: Sri Lankan laws applied discriminately

COLOMBO: A United Nations (UN) expert said on Friday some Sri Lankan laws are “frequently applied” in a discriminatory manner and urged the government to address the root causes of public protests by treating everyone equally. President Maithripala Sirisena’s government during its

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Anti-Muslim mobs riot despite curfew in Puttalam

COLOMBO: Mobs slashed to death a Sri Lankan Muslim man despite a nationwide curfew imposed on Monday (May 13) night after anti-Muslim riots spread to three districts north of the capital in a violent backlash against Easter suicide bombings. The 45-year-old

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Sri Lanka: Easter bombers all killed or arrested

Sri Lankan security authorities have either killed or arrested all the jihadists responsible for the Easter suicide bombings that left 257 people dead, police chief Chandana Wickramaratne said Tuesday. Police have accounted for every individual involved in the April 21

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Sri Lankan Muslims: Fast In Solidarity With Fellow Christians

On Sunday morning Sri Lankan Christians went to their local churches for Easter services, as they have done for centuries. Easter is a special occasion for Christian families in ethnically diverse Sri Lanka. A time for families to gather to

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Sri Lanka attack mastermind used chatrooms to sway suicide bombers

Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks mastermind Zahran Hashim used social media to publicly call for the death of non-Muslims, he worked for months in private chatrooms to persuade six young men to sacrifice themselves, Muslim community leaders say. Christians and foreign tourists

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Tears and troops as Sri Lanka mourns suicide bomb dead

Sri Lanka’s churches remained shut Sunday, forcing Christians to say prayers of grief in private over the Easter suicide attacks that the country’s Roman Catholic leader called “an insult to humanity”. Fearing a repeat of the Easter Sunday bombings of churches

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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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Suicide bomb leader cast shadow of fear over Sri Lanka town

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. The country’s president announced Friday that Hashim led and died in

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Australia warns more terror attacks ‘likely’ in Sri Lanka

Australia on Thursday warned more terror attacks were “likely” in Sri Lanka, cautioning citizens against visiting the island nation following the Easter Sunday bombing that claimed 253 lives.  “Terrorists are likely to carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka,” the foreign ministry

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Sri Lanka Catholic churches halt public services over security fears

Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches suspended all public services over security fears on Thursday, as thousands of troops joined the hunt for suspects in deadly Easter bombings that killed nearly 360 people. Security forces also made fresh arrests overnight over the

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