Sri Lankan mosques, Muslim stores attacked following Facebook dispute

Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a local man was beaten in the town of Chilaw on Sri Lanka’s west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, sources said. Three weeks ago in Sri Lanka Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing… Read More Sri Lankan mosques, Muslim stores attacked following Facebook dispute

Sri Lankan police discover training camp of Islamist militants

Sri Lankan police on Sunday discovered a 10-acre camp in the eastern town of Kattankudy, where Islamist militants linked to the deadly Easter attacks are believed to have practiced shooting and bomb-making. The walled terrain is nestled in a poor residential area on the outskirts of the home town of Zahran Hashim, who is believed… Read More Sri Lankan police discover training camp of Islamist militants

Sri Lanka bans face veils following Easter Day attacks

Authorities in Sri Lanka on Monday banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants. The measures would help security forces to identify people as a hunt for any remaining attackers and their support network continues across the Indian Ocean island, authorities said.… Read More Sri Lanka bans face veils following Easter Day attacks

Sri Lankan police raid headquarters of Islamist group National Thawheedh Jamaath

Sri Lankan police raided the headquarters of a hardline Islamist group founded by the suspected ringleader behind the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels, a witness said, as Sunday mass was canceled due to fears of further attacks. Armed police in the town of Kattankudy searched the headquarters of the National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ)… Read More Sri Lankan police raid headquarters of Islamist group National Thawheedh Jamaath

Sri Lanka bans Islamist groups suspected to be behind Easter Day attacks

Sri Lanka’s president on Saturday outlawed two Islamist groups suspected to be behind the suicide bombings on churches and hotels while the wife and child of the suspected ringleader were wounded during a military raid in safe house, his family and police said. The National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim were banned under… Read More Sri Lanka bans Islamist groups suspected to be behind Easter Day attacks

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena fires police chief, defense secretary following Eater Day attacks

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the police chief and defense secretary to quit following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 359 people, two sources close to the president said on Wednesday. The sources declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter amid accusations… Read More Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena fires police chief, defense secretary following Eater Day attacks

Islamic State claims responsibility for Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people, coordinated attacks on churches and hotels that officials said were believed to be retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand. The claim, issued through the group’s AMAQ news agency, came shortly after Sri Lanka said two domestic Islamist… Read More Islamic State claims responsibility for Easter Day bombings in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka invokes emergency law following Easter Day bomb attacks

Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, in which 290 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded. The emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court… Read More Sri Lanka invokes emergency law following Easter Day bomb attacks