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Sri Lanka looks to Islamic gathering to revive tourism after attacks

Ashara Mubaraka marks the country's first major international event since Easter bombings

The Sri Lankan government has stepped up security around Islamic religious buildings to curtail a violent backlash against the country’s Muslim minority in the wake of the Easter attacks on churches and hotels by Islamist militants.   © Reuters

COLOMBO -- The Bohra Mosque in Colombo has become a hive of activity in recent weeks, its walls surrounded by construction equipment as the Dawoodi Bohra community prepares for the biggest international event to be held in Sri Lanka since Islamist attacks on hotels and churches killed more than 250 people in April.

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