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CCTV footage shows suspected Sri Lanka suicide bomber entering church – video

CCTV footage shows suspected Sri Lanka suicide bomber entering church – video

New footage has emerged appearing to show a suspected suicide bomber entering St Sebastian's church in Negombo. The subsequent explosion was the deadliest of the series of coordinated bombings in Sri
Scale of Sri Lankan attacks suggests Isis 'sub-contracted' bombings

Scale of Sri Lankan attacks suggests Isis 'sub-contracted' bombings

Local group National Towheed Jamaat would have needed help to mount such a complex operationThree days after the bombings of churches and luxury hotels that killed over 300 people in Sri Lanka,
Sri Lanka buries bombing victims as country remains on lockdown

Sri Lanka buries bombing victims as country remains on lockdown

Negombo struggles with scale of its loss as victims of Easter attack are buried in mass graves A father with his arms around the shoulders of his two daughters. Parents and children posing for a
'The end of the story of my daughter, my wife': the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks

'The end of the story of my daughter, my wife': the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks

Most who died were locals, but victims – including young children – came from across the worldSri Lankan authorities have confirmed that 359 people were killed in a wave of suicide bombings on the
Pressure builds on Sri Lankan officials as Isis claims Easter attacks

Pressure builds on Sri Lankan officials as Isis claims Easter attacks

Bombings that killed more than 320 people have hallmarks of Isis, say security experts Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people,
Indian officials travel deep into jungle so lone holy man can vote

Indian officials travel deep into jungle so lone holy man can vote

Polling station set up deep inside Gir wildlife sanctuary for Shiva priest who looks after isolated templeIndian officials travelled nearly 70km (45 miles) through jungle this week to ensure a
Sri Lanka suicide bomber studied in Australia, minister says

Sri Lanka suicide bomber studied in Australia, minister says

State minister of defence says one of bombers was a student in UK and did postgraduate course in AustraliaOne of the suicide bombers involved in the Easter Sunday attacks across Sri Lanka studied in
Sri Lanka attacker studied in UK and Australia, says minister

Sri Lanka attacker studied in UK and Australia, says minister

Country’s president announces major security overhaul after authorities confirm they were warned about attacks One of the attackers who carried out the devastating suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on
Sri Lankan suicide bomber with UK ties is identified

Sri Lankan suicide bomber with UK ties is identified

Abdul Mohamed believed to have attended university in England then Australia One of the attackers who carried out the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, and was said by Sri Lanka’s defence minister
Sri Lanka told of extremist network months before blasts – sources

Sri Lanka told of extremist network months before blasts – sources

Exclusive: Foreign agencies warned officials of terrorist threat four months ago Sri Lankan authorities were told by foreign security agencies more than four months ago that a network of violent
What do we know about the Sri Lanka attackers?

What do we know about the Sri Lanka attackers?

Well-educated and wealthy, new details emerge about the nine suicide bombersAccording to Sri Lanka’s defence minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, there were nine suicide bombers in total – mostly
Sri Lanka attacks: police hunting 140 Isis suspects, says president

Sri Lanka attacks: police hunting 140 Isis suspects, says president

Operation comes as leaders urge women to avoid wearing niqabs to help security effortSri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena has said police are looking for 140 people believed to have links to Isis
Why Sri Lanka attackers' wealthy backgrounds shouldn't surprise us

Why Sri Lanka attackers' wealthy backgrounds shouldn't surprise us

Recent history shows that people with comfortable lives can easily be drawn towards violent extremismWhen police and soldiers in Sri Lanka set out on the trail of the attackers who killed more than
CCTV footage of suspected Sri Lanka bombers released – video

CCTV footage of suspected Sri Lanka bombers released – video

CCTV video shows two suspected attackers in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings carrying backpacks into the Shangri-La hotel in the capital, Colombo, before the blast.The bombings, which killed 359
Death toll in Sri Lanka bombings revised down to 253

Death toll in Sri Lanka bombings revised down to 253

Official cites difficulty of identifying victims as reason for revisionSri Lankan authorities have revised the death toll from Easter Sunday’s string of bombings down to 253 people from the previous
More Afghan civilians killed by pro-government forces than Taliban in 2019

More Afghan civilians killed by pro-government forces than Taliban in 2019

It is first time since UN began collecting figures that pro-government forces have caused majority of deathsThe Afghan government and its international backers killed more civilians in the first three
Sri Lanka attacks: president says civil war inquiries left country vulnerable

Sri Lanka attacks: president says civil war inquiries left country vulnerable

Maithripala Sirisena says investigations into alleged abuses weakened armed forcesSri Lanka’s president has said investigations into civil war-era human rights abuses weakened the country’s security
'Mawanella was the start': Sri Lankan town reels from bombing links

'Mawanella was the start': Sri Lankan town reels from bombing links

Faith leaders say local youths were radicalised by extremist preacher Mohammed Zahran Hashim It was crude stuff: young men armed with hammers, arriving on motorbikes in the middle of the night. At
Sri Lanka PM: terrorists may have expected second wave of bombings

Sri Lanka PM: terrorists may have expected second wave of bombings

Wickremesinghe says investigators have identified about 140 supporters and sympathisers of bombersSri Lanka’s prime minister has said authorities are investigating the possibility that the terrorist
Sri Lanka bombings: at least 15 killed as police raid suspected hideout

Sri Lanka bombings: at least 15 killed as police raid suspected hideout

Children and suicide bombers among the dead, say authorities, following fierce gun battle in east coast townFifteen people including six children have died during a raid on their home by Sri Lankan