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Sri Lanka minister says Easter bombings are a response to NZ attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Sri Lanka's state minister of defence said today that the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites was “carried out in retaliation” for the shooting massacre at two New Zealand mosques last month, as the Islamic State group sought to claim responsibility for the attack.

Sri Lanka minister: Easter bombings a response to NZ attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s state minister of defence said Tuesday that the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites was “carried out in retaliation” for the shooting massacre at two New Zealand mosques last month, as the Islamic State group sought to claim responsibility for the attack.

Catholic town at centre of attacks

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka—The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called “Little Rome,” a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the centre of the country's small Catholic community.

Today, it was a town in mourning.

Small white flags flew in house after house near St. Sebastian's Church, a sign that someone who lived there had died.

Vulture causes deadly crash

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan.—Authorities say a vulture caused a crash that killed two people as they rode a motorcycle in southern Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the bird came out of a ditch Saturday afternoon and struck 42-year-old Brandon Husband, of Fowler, in the head on a rural road 13 miles (20 kilometres) northwest of the Barber County town of Medicine Lodge.