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Sri Lanka blames Islamic extremists for Easter bombings

Deadly attacks fan religious tensions and squeeze tourism

Sri Lankan police clear the area near a church targeted by the Sunday attacks.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- The Sri Lankan government tied Sunday's deadly bombings at churches and hotels to a local Islamic extremist group, fueling fears that the country's fragile ethnic and religious balance could once again be at risk.

Authorities are investigating a potential link to local extremist group National Thowheeth Jama'ath, which may have received international backing for the attacks, a government spokesperson said Monday.

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