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Sri Lanka's radicalized Muslims have long ties to Islamic State

FBI looks into sophisticated blasts as details of deadly Easter attacks emerge

COLOMBO -- As Sri Lanka remains on a knife edge three days after the country suffered its worst terrorist attacks in a decade, attention has shifted to the links the terrorist group Islamic State had forged with the South Asian island's first Muslim suicide bombers.

Those ties were underscored Tuesday after IS claimed responsibility for the bombings of three churches and three luxury hotels, killing 359 people and injuring 500 others. The terror network stated through its AMAQ news agency that it had groomed the Sri Lankan attackers, who were already members of the National Thowheeth Jama'ath, a homegrown Islamic extremist group, for the Easter Sunday attacks.

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