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CNN: Sri Lanka bomb suspect's sister fears 18 relatives dead after attacks

CNN: Sri Lanka bomb suspect's sister fears 18 relatives dead after attacks

29 April 2019 | 00:38 | FOCUS News Agency
Colombo . The sister of the suspected ringleader of Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday bombings has told CNN up to 18 of her family members are missing and feared dead since the attacks and subsequent raids.
More than 250 people were killed and at least 500 injured in a series of coordinated suicide bombings at churches and hotels across the island April 21.
A week on, the country is still on high alert with warnings there could be more attacks in the coming days, MPs told CNN Sunday.
Mohamed Hashim Mathaniya is the sister of Mohamed Zahran Hashim, the man Sri Lankan authorities believe was one of the leaders of the attacks.
He appeared in a video released by an ISIS-linked news agency before blowing himself up on Easter Sunday.
Speaking to CNN on Saturday, Mathaniya said she identified her brother from photographs of his body parts at the police station earlier in the week.
"Five men went missing after the attacks (on Sunday). They were my three brothers, my father, and my sister's husband," she said.
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AFP: All Sri Lanka Catholic church services suspended

AFP: All Sri Lanka Catholic church services suspended

25 April 2019 | 09:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Colombo. All of Sri Lanka's Catholic churches have been ordered to stay closed and suspend services until security improves after deadly Easter bombings, a senior priest told AFP Thursday, AFP reported.
"On the advice of the security forces we are keeping all churches closed," the priest said. "There will be no public mass said until further notice."
Security has already been stepped up at churches across the country, government officials said.
A string of suicide bomb attacks targeting three churches -- two of them Catholic -- and three hotels on Sunday killed at least 359 people and wounded hundreds.
The attacks came as churches were packed with worshippers attending Easter Sunday services.
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AFP: Trump calls Sri Lanka PM to express condolences over attacks

AFP: Trump calls Sri Lanka PM to express condolences over attacks

23 April 2019 | 02:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. US President Donald Trump called Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday to express condolences over the killing of nearly 300 people in suicide bomb blasts at churches and hotels, reported AFP.

The attacks on Easter Sunday, which Sri Lankan authorities believe were carried out by a local Islamist group, were "one of the deadliest terrorist events since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

At least four Americans were killed in the attacks, including a fifth grader (around 10 years old) who attended the private Sidwell Friends school in Washington.

"Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed appreciation for the president's concern and updated him on the progress of the investigation," according to the White House.

Trump told the premier that he "pledged United States support to Sri Lanka in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against global terrorism."

Washington has pledged investigative assistance and is sending FBI agents to help support Sri Lankan police in the probe, The Washington Post reported.

It said the FBI has also offered laboratory expertise for testing bomb evidence, while analysts are reviewing bureau databases for any useful information.

In a brief statement on Twitter, Trump said he had also spoken with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday.

He later deleted this statement and the White House could not be immediately reached for comment on why the president did so.

A State Department official said that at least four Americans were killed in the bombings.
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Reuters: Blast near church while Sri Lanka bomb squad was trying to defuse device

Reuters: Blast near church while Sri Lanka bomb squad was trying to defuse device

22 April 2019 | 15:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Colombo. An explosion went off on Monday in a van near a church in Sri Lanka where scores were killed the previous day, when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it, a Reuters witness said, Reuters reported.
“The van exploded when the bomb defusing unit of the STF (Special Task Force) and air force tried to diffuse the bomb,” the witness said.
Security force spokesman were not immediately available for comment.
Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Robert Birsel
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AFP: Sri Lanka government declares state of emergency

AFP: Sri Lanka government declares state of emergency

22 April 2019 | 13:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Colombo. Sri Lankan authorities have ordered a state of emergency to be introduced from midnight Monday following the deadly Easter attacks, the president's office said, AFP reported.
The special measures are being brought in "to allow the police and the three forces to ensure public security," the statement said, referring to the army, navy and air force.
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AFP: Several Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks

AFP: Several Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks

21 April 2019 | 19:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. Several Americans were among the more than 200 people killed Sunday in a series of bombings of hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, AFP repoted.
"While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed," he said in a statement. "The US Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families."
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AFP: Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 207

AFP: Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 207

21 April 2019 | 16:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Colombo. The toll in a series of eight blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to at least 207, with over 450 people wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said, AFP reported.
Speaking at a press conference, he said three people had been arrested in connection with the attacks that mostly targeted high-end hotels in the capital and churches where worshippers were attending Easter services.
Gunasekera said the police were investigating whether suicide bombers were involved in all of the blasts.
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AFP: Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 156, including 35 foreigners

AFP: Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 156, including 35 foreigners

21 April 2019 | 11:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Colombo. The toll in a string of blasts Sunday at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka has risen to at least 156, including 35 foreigners, a police official told AFP.
A hospital source said Americans, British and Dutch citizens were among those killed in the six blasts, which also injured hundreds of people.
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AFP: At least 42 dead in Sri Lanka church, hotel blasts

AFP: At least 42 dead in Sri Lanka church, hotel blasts

21 April 2019 | 08:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Colombo. At least 42 people were killed Sunday in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP.
The explosions hit three high-end hotels in the capital, where a church was also targeted. Two additional churches were hit, one near Colombo and the other in the east of the country, police said.
At least one of the victims was killed in Colombo's Cinnamon Grand Hotel, near the prime minister's official residence, where the blast ripped through a restaurant, a hotel official told AFP.
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