Nearly 300 people were killed in a string of bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. It was the worst violence to hit the country in recent memory. But Sri Lanka is no stranger to ethnic and religious strife.
Mobs have killed a Muslim man and vandalized mosques and stores in Sri Lanka despite a nationwide curfew. The state also shut down social media after Christians interpreted a Facebook post as threatening.
Sri Lanka's government reports that a domestic terror cell was behind the series of bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 on Easter. The military have been given sweeping wartime powers to arrest and detain suspects.
Sri Lankan Islamic militant leader Zahran Hashim was apparently killed in one of the suicide attacks on Easter, President Sirisena said. Police are now hunting for some 140 people with suspected "Islamic State" ties.
How active are Islamist groups in Sri Lanka? Could they have launched multiple, well-coordinated terrorist attacks in different parts of the country without the support of global jihadi organizations?
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