MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:03:04 +0000 Mass funerals begin after deadly Sri Lanka attacks http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/4217963849d141d9b5aa03c60e4333a4 As Sri Lanka's leaders wrangled with the implications of an apparent militant attack and massive intelligence failure, security was heightened Tuesday for a national day of mourning. (April 23) 4217963849d141d9b5aa03c60e4333a4 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:23:14 +0000 RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART NO ACCESS SRI LANKA SHOTLIST: ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLY Colombo - 23 April 20191. Various exteriors of St. Anthony's Shrine, scene of one of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 300 people, security 2. Various of people gathered to hold a moment of silence in remembrance of the Easter Sunday's attacks at 0830 am local time3. Various of the moment of silence, some people have their eyes closed, holding candles4. Mid, people praying and crying after moment of silence ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLYNegombo - 23 April 20195. Pan from singing mourners to coffin labeled D-1 being carried to the front of church6. Flower placed on top of coffin ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLYColombo - 23 April 20197. Various of people carrying coffin, laying it down, covering it with soil8. Close of flowers on burial mounds9. Wide of mass burial, people surrounding the site DERANA TV - NO ACCESS SRI LANKAColombo - 23 April 201910. SOUNDBITE (Sinhala) Ruwan Wijewardene, Sri Lankan State Minister for Defence:"This was a planned attack. We have received information that Islamic terrorists have attacked here as a counter-attack for the attack in the Christchurch mosque but we are continuing investigations. It was revealed that the terrorist groups 'National Douhi Jamdh Group'  and 'JMI Group' are closely connected. We have to take immediate action against such Islamic terrorist groups." ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLY Colombo - 23 April 201911. Various of security at St. Anthony's Shrine STORYLINE: As Sri Lanka's leaders wrangled with the implications of an apparent militant attack and massive intelligence failure, security was heightened Tuesday for a national day of mourning. The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts later Sunday was Sri Lanka's deadliest violence in a decade. A top Sri Lanka official on Tuesday called the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites "retaliation" for the shooting massacre by a white supremacist at two New Zealand mosques last month, as the Islamic State group sought to claim responsibility for the attack. Ruwan Wijewardene, the state minister of defense, told Parliament the government possessed information that the bombings were carried out "by an Islamic fundamentalist group" in response to the Christchurch attacks. He also blamed "weakness" within Sri Lanka's security apparatus for failing to prevent the nine bombings. Wijewardene said the death toll from the attack now stood at 321 people, with 500 wounded. Sri Lanka's prime minister is also warning that there are more explosives, militants 'out there' after Easter suicide bombings . In some places, the violence struck entire families. A block on most social media since the attacks has left a vacuum of information, fueling confusion and giving little reassurance the danger had passed. Even after an overnight curfew was lifted, the streets of central Colombo were mostly deserted Tuesday and shops closed as armed soldiers stood guard. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could unleash instability and he vowed to "vest all necessary powers with the defense forces" to act against those responsible. He later warned Tuesday that more militants and explosives were "out there" during a news conference. Also unclear in Sunday's attack was the motive. The history of Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, a country of 21 million including large Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities, is rife with ethnic and sectarian conflict. In the nation's 26-year civil war, the Tamil Tigers, a powerful rebel army known for using suicide bombers, had little history of targeting Christians and was crushed by the government in 2009. Anti-Muslim bigotry fed by Buddhist nationalists has swept the country recently. Sri Lanka, though, has no history of Islamic militancy. Its small Christian community has seen only scattered incidents of harassment. =========================================================== Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. As Sri Lanka's leaders wrangled with the implications of an apparent militant attack and massive intelligence failure, security was heightened Tuesday for a national day of mourning. (April 23) Mass funerals begin after deadly Sri Lanka attacks