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The latest from Sri Lanka, plus government shuts down social media to prevent disinformation




Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka
Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings which killed more than 200 people, the country’s health minister said Monday.

The coordinated bombings that ripped through churches and luxury hotels were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

The coordinated bombings Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. The death toll has risen to 290.

Guest host Libby Denkmann get the latest from Sri Lanka on the attacks, plus the government’s social media response.

With files from the Associated Press

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guests:

Emily Schmall, correspondent covering South Asia for the Associated Press; she is in Colombo, Sri Lanka reporting on the attacks; she tweets @emilyschmall

Rev. Shanta Premawardhana President, OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership, a global leadership training and consulting program serving religious and civic leader