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Muslims Flee, Christians Grieve as Sri Lankan Town Torn Apart From Violence

World | | April 25, 2019, 12:13 pm
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 As mourners buried the remains of their loved ones killed by the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, hundreds of Muslim refugees fled Negombo on the country’s west coast where communal tensions have flared in recent days. Crammed into buses organized by community leaders and police, they left fearing for their safety after threats of revenge from locals. The fallout from Sunday’s attacks appears set to render them homeless once more.<br /><br />In this photo, Family members are seen mourning the demise of eight-month-old baby and grandmother. (Image: Reuters)

As mourners buried the remains of their loved ones killed by the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, hundreds of Muslim refugees fled Negombo on the country’s west coast where communal tensions have flared in recent days. Crammed into buses organized by community leaders and police, they left fearing for their safety after threats of revenge from locals. The fallout from Sunday’s attacks appears set to render them homeless once more.

In this photo, Family members are seen mourning the demise of eight-month-old baby and grandmother. (Image: Reuters)

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 Pakistan refugees rest inside a mosque in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Pakistan refugees rest inside a mosque in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Locals watch a funeral procession, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Locals watch a funeral procession, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Pakistan refugees rest inside a mosque in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Pakistan refugees rest inside a mosque in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Security forces stand guard at St. Antony shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Security forces stand guard at St. Antony shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Pakistan refugees rest inside a mosque in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Pakistan refugees rest inside a mosque in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Buddhist monks take part in a prayer ceremony at a buddhist temple for the victims, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Buddhist monks take part in a prayer ceremony at a buddhist temple for the victims, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Family members pray for their mother, a victim of the suicide attacks on churches and luxury hotels, at the site of a mass burial in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Family members pray for their mother, a victim of the suicide attacks on churches and luxury hotels, at the site of a mass burial in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Security forces stand guard at St. Antony shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

Security forces stand guard at St. Antony shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

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 Family members mourn for their mother, a victim of the suicide attacks on churches and luxury hotels, at the site of a mass burial in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Family members mourn for their mother, a victim of the suicide attacks on churches and luxury hotels, at the site of a mass burial in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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