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Sri Lanka remembers Easter Sunday bombing victims

The first anniversary of Sri Lanka's 2019 Easter Sunday bombings has been marked with silence and bells amid its coronavirus curfew. Suspected Islamist attackers killed 268 people, Catholic and Protestant, and tourists.

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5 Jun 2021
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