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2019 Lanka Easter Sunday terror attack: Ex-police chief indicted

  • Nine suicide bombers belonging to local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to ISIS carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on April 21, 2019, killing nearly 270 people, and injuring over 500.
A Sri Lankan relative of a victim of Easter Sunday bomb blasts pays tribute at the burial site. (AP Photo)
A Sri Lankan relative of a victim of Easter Sunday bomb blasts pays tribute at the burial site. (AP Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 10:45 PM IST
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Sri Lanka Easter attack probe panel summons ex-PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Nine suicide bombers belonging to local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to Islamic State carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday last year, killing 258 people, including 11 Indians.
The police unit of the panel appointed by then president Sirisena has asked Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before them on August 18.(AP)
The police unit of the panel appointed by then president Sirisena has asked Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before them on August 18.(AP)
Published on Aug 12, 2020 02:31 AM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India, Colombo

Easter 2020: Bunnies come to the rescue as virus hits Belgian chocolatiers

Easter Sunday is normally the most important date on the chocolate makers’ calendar. But the coronavirus pandemic, with its lockdowns and social distancing, has struck a hard blow to the 5-billion-euro ($5.5-billion) industry that’s one of Belgium’s most emblematic.
Bunnies come to the rescue as virus hits Belgian chocolatiers. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)
Bunnies come to the rescue as virus hits Belgian chocolatiers. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 12, 2020 12:41 PM IST
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SINT-PIETERS BRUGGE, Belgium | ByAssociated Press

Empty churches, food drive mark start of Easter weekend in coronavirus-hit US

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, and other health officials pointed to declining rates of coronavirus hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units - particularly in hard-hit New York state - as signs that social distancing measures are paying off.
Meanwhile, with more than 90% of the country under stay-at-home orders, the holiest weekend on the Christian calendar began with services livestreamed or broadcast to congregants watching from home.
Meanwhile, with more than 90% of the country under stay-at-home orders, the holiest weekend on the Christian calendar began with services livestreamed or broadcast to congregants watching from home.
Updated on Apr 12, 2020 12:48 PM IST
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New York | ByReuters

What Covid-19 will change about us | Opinion

From our engagement with family and faith to our empathy for migrant workers, a lot will transform
Visuals of migrant workers suddenly out of a job and trying to get home have shaken up our collective conscience(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Visuals of migrant workers suddenly out of a job and trying to get home have shaken up our collective conscience(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 01, 2020 05:58 AM IST
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ByDerek O’Brien

Faith in the time of terror: Ground report from Sri Lanka

Nearly two months after the April attacks, life here is hobbling back to normalcy. Army troops are out in full force and helping rebuild St Sebastian’s. Outside, there are reminders of the tragedy.
Fathima Joshinka outside the boundary wall of St Sebastian’s church, Negombo, where over 100 people were killed in the Easter bombings on April 21.(HT Photo)
Fathima Joshinka outside the boundary wall of St Sebastian’s church, Negombo, where over 100 people were killed in the Easter bombings on April 21.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 08:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Colombo/Negombo | ByPadma Rao Sundarji

Sri Lankan parliament official among six arrested over NTJ links

Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.
Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.(AP)
Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.(AP)
Published on May 20, 2019 06:58 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

200 children in Sri Lanka lost family members in Easter bombings

Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people. Some families also lost their primary source of income.
Members of Zion Church, which was bombed on Easter Sunday, pray at a community hall in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.(Reuters/File Photo)
Members of Zion Church, which was bombed on Easter Sunday, pray at a community hall in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.(Reuters/File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2019 03:57 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

Deserted beaches, empty rooms: Sri Lanka tourism takes a hit after bombings

Cancellation rates at hotels across the country averaged 70 percent as of Saturday, with the capital Colombo taking a bigger hit, Sri Lanka’s Tourism Bureau Chairman Kishu Gomes told Reuters.
Empty sunbathing chairs are seen on a beach near hotels in a tourist area in Bentota, Sri Lanka(Reuters Photo)
Empty sunbathing chairs are seen on a beach near hotels in a tourist area in Bentota, Sri Lanka(Reuters Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2019 10:50 AM IST
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Bentota, Sri Lanka | ByReuters

One Indian among 13 foreigners arrested without valid visa in Sri Lanka

The 20-year-old Indian national was arrested from Mount Lavinia without a valid visa on Monday, police spokesman S P Ruwan Gunasekara said, adding that he would be produced before the magistrate’s court on Tuesday.
One Indian among 13 foreigners arrested without valid visa in Sri Lanka(HT File)
One Indian among 13 foreigners arrested without valid visa in Sri Lanka(HT File)
Published on Apr 29, 2019 02:03 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

Sri Lanka on alert for more attacks by militants disguised in uniforms

There were no attacks on Sunday, and security across Sri Lanka has been ramped up, with scores of suspected Islamists arrested since the April 21 attacks on hotels and churches that killed over 250 people, including 40 foreign nationals.
Soldiers on a motorbike patrol in Colombo on April 28, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(AFP photo)
Soldiers on a motorbike patrol in Colombo on April 28, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(AFP photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2019 12:42 PM IST
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Colombo | ByReuters

US orders diplomats’ families to leave Sri Lanka, warns of possible terror attacks

In an updated travel advisory issued following the Easter Sunday terrorist bombings, the US State Department also allowed the “voluntary departure” of non-emergency government employees of the American mission and their families.
The United States has joined a growing number of countries such as United Kingdom, Australia and Canada who have advised their citizens to cancel their plans to travel to Sri Lanka(AFP FILE)
The United States has joined a growing number of countries such as United Kingdom, Australia and Canada who have advised their citizens to cancel their plans to travel to Sri Lanka(AFP FILE)
Updated on Apr 27, 2019 08:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

Sri Lanka releases pictures of 6 suspects, including 3 women, as police intensifies search ops

Nine suicide bombers, believed to be the members of local Islamist extremist group called National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday.
Police Thursday night released the names and pictures of three men and three women and sought information regarding them from the public.(Twitter/Sri Lanka police)
Police Thursday night released the names and pictures of three men and three women and sought information regarding them from the public.(Twitter/Sri Lanka police)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 08:36 AM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

The two millionaire brothers behind Sri Lanka’s suicide attacks that killed 359

Two brothers who lived in Mahawela Gardens have emerged as key players in suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed 359 people and stunned an island state that had enjoyed a decade of relative peace.
Relatives mourn beside a coffin of a bomb blast victim during a burial ceremony, days after a series of bomb attacks targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka left 359 people dead.(AFP file photo)
Relatives mourn beside a coffin of a bomb blast victim during a burial ceremony, days after a series of bomb attacks targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka left 359 people dead.(AFP file photo)
Updated on May 05, 2020 07:27 PM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters

Top Sri Lankan officials deliberately withheld intelligence on attacks: Minister

He said information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians were received from Indian intelligence on April 4 and a Security Council meeting was chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena on April 7, but the information was not shared more widely.
Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts.(REUTERS)
Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 24, 2019 12:47 PM IST
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Reuters, Colombo | ByReuters

Sri Lanka warned of threat hours before suicide attacks: Report

Sri Lankan intelligence officials were tipped off about an imminent attack by Islamist militants hours before a series of suicide bombings killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Security personnel stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.(AFP photo)
Security personnel stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.(AFP photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 09:19 PM IST
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Colombo | ByReuters

‘We are very, very sorry’: Sri Lanka government apologises for failure to act on intel input

In the wake of bombings, the military has been given a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects — powers that were used during the civil war but withdrawn when it ended.
The Sri Lankan government has apologised for its failure to act despite receiving advance intelligence inputs about the possibility of terror attacks .(AFP Photo)
The Sri Lankan government has apologised for its failure to act despite receiving advance intelligence inputs about the possibility of terror attacks .(AFP Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 04:02 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

Sri Lanka blasts: Dasun Shanaka revisits Easter Sunday horror

The 27-year old Sri Lankan all-rounder said that he first started looking for his mother and grandmother following the blast whereas his friends stayed behind to help others.
File image of Dasun Shanaka(Getty Images)
File image of Dasun Shanaka(Getty Images)
Published on Apr 23, 2019 11:42 AM IST
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London | ByANI

Sri Lanka imposes emergency, says international network involved in attacks

Police said 87 bomb detonators were found at the city’s main bus station, while an explosive went off near a church where scores were killed on Sunday when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it.
Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(REUTERS photo)
Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(REUTERS photo)
Updated on May 03, 2020 12:20 AM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters

Sara Ali Khan shares pic of her ‘Easter bunnies’ Taimur and Ibrahim, steps out with mom Amrita for a movie

Sara Ali Khan is back from her New York vacation. On Easter Sunday, she shared pictures of her brothers Ibrahim and Taimur. She was later seen catching a film with Ibrahim and mother Amrita Singh.
Sara Ali Khan shared a new photo of brothers Taimur and Ibrahim Ali Khan.(Varinder Chawla/Instagram)
Sara Ali Khan shared a new photo of brothers Taimur and Ibrahim Ali Khan.(Varinder Chawla/Instagram)
Updated on May 02, 2020 08:42 PM IST
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Sri Lanka searches for answers after Easter blasts kill hundreds

A sense of unease pervaded the nation on Sunday following a period of relative calm in the decade since the end of a brutal conflict between the predominately Buddhist Sinhalese majority and mostly Hindu Tamil minority. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also injured at least 450 people.
A security officer stands in front of St Anthony's shrine in Colombo, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
A security officer stands in front of St Anthony's shrine in Colombo, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 10:43 AM IST
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‘Horrific, cruel, sad’: World leaders react to Sri Lanka blasts

Hospital sources also said Japanese citizens were among those injured by the bombs which ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services.
‘Horrific, cruel, sad’: World leaders react to Sri Lanka blasts(AP)
‘Horrific, cruel, sad’: World leaders react to Sri Lanka blasts(AP)
Published on Apr 21, 2019 07:14 PM IST
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Colombo | ByAgence France-Presse

‘Pieces of flesh thrown all over Sri Lankan church after blast’

He said three priests had been celebrating the mass at the time of the blast. Two of them were badly injured by flying glass and debris, and one was only lightly injured because he was behind the altar.
Crime scene officials inspect the explosion area at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo(REUTERS)
Crime scene officials inspect the explosion area at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 03:31 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

Indian mission in Lanka monitoring situation, issues helpline numbers

‘We are closely monitoring the situation. Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may call the following numbers : +94777903082 +94112422788 +94112422789,’ the Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted.
A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo(REUTERS)
A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 12:11 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

How to make Matcha Mousse Chocolate Easter eggs: Read recipe and method

Happy Easter 2019: This Easter Sunday treat your family and friends to an easy-to-make recipe for Matcha Mousse Chocolate Easter Egg which is vegan and gluten-free too.
Easy-to-make recipe for Matcha Mousse Chocolate Easter Egg.(Tea Trunk/Instagram)
Easy-to-make recipe for Matcha Mousse Chocolate Easter Egg.(Tea Trunk/Instagram)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 10:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Pakistani Christian family shot dead, Islamic State claims attack

The militant group in a press statement said that a “covert unit” of IS militants “managed to target a number of the combatant Christians”.
A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, at a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul.(Reuters File)
A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces walks past a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, at a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul.(Reuters File)
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 07:04 PM IST
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