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Sri Lanka Focuses on Protecting Muslims After Easter Church Jihad

Authorities continued imposing curfews Wednesday night in Sri Lanka after a wave of largely Sinhalese Buddhist led vandalism on Muslim businesses and mosques prompted a nationwide law enforcement effort to protect the nation’s Muslim minority.

Sri Lankan police stand guard as school students return to classes as schools re-open across the country after the Easter attacks in Colombo on May 6, 2019. - The head of Sri Lanka's Catholic Church appealed for calm on May 6 after sporadic violence between Christian and Muslims north of …

Sri Lanka’s Churches Open for First Time Since Easter Bombings

Churches in two of the cities in Sri Lanka targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked attack that killed and wounded hundreds of Christians on Easter opened their doors to worshippers this Sunday under tight security measures, more than 20 days after the rampage.

TOPSHOT - Sri Lankan Catholic devotees pray during a mass at the St. Theresa's church as the Catholic churches hold services again after the Easter attacks in Colombo on May 12, 2019. - A Sri Lankan province north of the capital was under indefinite curfew on May 14 after the …

Sri Lankans Stage Mob Attacks on Mosques After Easter Jihad

Sri Lankan police struggled to keep up this weekend with a series of mob attacks on mosques, the latest occurring Monday, in retaliation for a series of suicide bombings on Easter that killed over 350 people. The assailants are believed to belong to the country’s Buddhist majority.

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Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Resurfaces to Praise Sri Lanka Bombers

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, long rumored to have been killed during the collapse of his “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, released a new video on Monday in which he praised the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka as well as jihadis in Burkina Faso and Mali. It was the first confirmed video appearance by Baghdadi since the summer of 2014.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdad has been leader of ISIS for almost nine years, a period in which he has led large-scale operations such as high-profile suicide bombings and bloody attacks. Photos have today emerged capturing the elusive terrorist for the first time since 2014.

Sri Lanka Cardinal: ‘The Massacre Could Have Been Avoided’

Sri Lanka’s highest-ranking Catholic prelate said Wednesday that the decision by national intelligence officials to conceal information about the possibility of a terrorist attack is “extremely serious,” since “it means that the massacre could have been avoided.”

Sri Lanka's newly appointed Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Father Malcolm Ranjith, arrives at the felicitation ceremony in Colombo on December 6, 2010. Christians account for about 7.5 percent of Sri Lanka's 20 million people. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Mulls Burqa Ban as Easter Jihad Death Toll Rises to 321

Sri Lanka may be considering joining a growing number of governments in banning the burqa, an Islamic head covering that leaves no part of a woman’s body visible, local media reported Tuesday in the aftermath of the series of suspected jihadist bombings targeting Christians on Easter Sunday.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 20: A Turkish girl stands in a crowd of women wearing burqas during the Shia holy day Ashura February 20, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey. Ashura is a Shia Muslim holy day, celebrated as the most important day of the longer Muharram festival. The Ashura festival commemorates …