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Easter Bombings


Sri Lanka tightens church security ahead of Easter in the wake of 2019 attacks

April 03, 2021 5:25 pm

As many as 270 people, including 11 Indians, were killed and around 500 others injured when six near-simultaneous and coordinated explosions, carried out by local jihadist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) linked to the Islamic State (IS), rocked three churches and three luxury hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on April 21, last year.

Sri Lanka's war on terror: burqa ban, draconian Act, 'deradicalisation'

March 16, 2021 8:30 am

In Sri Lanka, where Muslims comprise less than 10% of the 21 million population — they are mostly Tamil speaking and are mainly engaged in trade and commerce — the burqa ban comes ahead of the troubled second anniversary of the 2019 Easter bombings.

2019 Easter Blasts: Wife of a suicide bomber escaped to India, says Sri Lanka police

July 23, 2020 10:57 am

Probed by the Colombo Crime Division, Criminal Investigation Department and the Terrorism Investigation Department, the probe into the Easter Sunday blasts has result in the arrest of around 200 suspects, and the investigation is in its final stages.

A year later, Sri Lanka Catholic church 'forgives' Easter suicide bombers

April 14, 2020 2:00 pm

On April 21, 2019, the attackers carried out bomb blasts at three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, killing 259 persons and injuring at least 500.

Echoes of Sunday

April 10, 2020 11:19 pm

Sri Lanka’s road to healing and recovery from last year’s bombings is affected by COVID-19.

Sri Lanka to revive suspended visa on arrival programme to 39 countries excluding India

July 10, 2019 3:47 pm

The countries that will be included in the visa on arrival programme include Austria, the UK, the US, Japan, Australia and Canada. The island nation received 7,40,600 foreign tourists in the first three months of 2019.

Sri Lanka on alert as Buddhist hardliners hold first meeting after Easter attacks

July 07, 2019 5:33 pm

The group said the gathering will decide who to back in the presidential elections later this year in the Indian Ocean island nation where Buddhists make up about 70% of the population. The rest include ethnic Tamils, who are mostly Hindus, and Muslims. 

In a surprise move, Sri Lanka extends emergency over Easter Sunday terror attacks

June 22, 2019 1:26 pm

There was no immediate word from the government on why Sirisena changed his mind and extended the emergency period, but security remains tight in the capital. However, Emergency can only be declared for a month at a time, and parliament must ratify it within 10 days.

Sri Lanka terror attacks: Five suspects repatriated from the UAE

June 14, 2019 1:24 pm

A team comprising officials of the Criminal Investigations Department took the suspects in its custody in Dubai and brought them back for further questioning.

Colombo Catholic church's head skeptical over probe on Easter bombings

June 10, 2019 5:34 pm

On Saturday, Sirisena sacked national intelligence chief Sisira Mendis who reportedly said that the attacks could have been avoided and that the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threats from the militants.