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Beyond the Headlines: Sri Lanka reels after Easter Day massacre

After suicide bombers murdered 359 people, we speak with Jack Moore who reported from the ground

A view of Bolowalana cemetery where victims of Sunday's attacks are being buried in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 23, 2019. Jack Moore / The National.
A view of Bolowalana cemetery where victims of Sunday's attacks are being buried in Negombo, Sri Lanka, April 23, 2019. Jack Moore / The National.

Suicide bombs, 359 dead and an ISIS claim of responsibility. On Sunday, Sri Lanka was hit by the single largest terror attack in its history. Hundreds attending Easter Sunday mass or at high-end Colombo hotels were killed and wounded in a coordinated wave of bombings.

In the wake of the blasts, communities have undoubtedly rallied together. But the shared grief belies the underlying communal tensions that have existed for years.

Amid the pain, there is also anger. It appears intelligence received by some government officials could have helped police prevent the attacks. But the documents were not shared with everyone.

Jack Moore, Deputy Foreign Editor at The National, talks us through the last week in Sri Lanka where he has been reporting.

Updated: April 26, 2019 09:44 AM

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