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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Sri Lankan security personnel walk past debris next to a dead body slumped over a bench following an explosion in St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. – A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing nearly 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. (Photo by STR / AFP) / GRAPHIC CONTENT

Sri Lanka: Catholic churches suspend services

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 on Thursday.
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Sri Lankan authorities confirm nine suicide bombers in Sunday attacks

Investigations by Sri Lankan Police have confirmed that nine suicide bombers were involved in Sunday’s attacks, eight of whom have been identified, State Defence Minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, said on Wednesday.
After the serial blasts on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka is observing national mourning on Tuesday, a decision taken during a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Sirisena.

Local extremist group part of global terror network – Sri Lankan premier

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister on Tuesday informed the parliament that local extremist group “National Towheed Jamaat’’ was linked to a global terror network.
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Sri Lanka attacks ‘retaliation for Christchurch’ – deputy minister

Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings were retaliation for a recent attack on mosques in New Zealand, the country's state minister of defence said on Tuesday.

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President Buhari: We could’ve used army, police to overrun opposition during elections

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Governor Uzodinma backs Mamman Daura on rotational presidency

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Man, friend in court for allegedly taking turns to defile 15-year-old stepdaughter

An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, ordered that a 50-year-old man, Paul Nnadi, and his friend, be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre, Lagos for allegedly taking turns to rape his 15-year-old stepdaughter.