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Date: 2019

A Sri Lankan government official says coordinated suicide bombings in the island nation on Easter Sunday, which killed more than 320 people, were carried out in retaliation for last month's mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand.

State minister for defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, said the attacks were carried out by two Islamist organizations. As NPR's Lauren Frayer reports, "it's not immediately clear how he knows that – whether the information comes from suspects being interrogated, or evidence the suicide bombers may have left behind."

One of the organizations is a little-known radical Islamist group named National Thowfeek Jamaath. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has called for the top police official to resign after failing to stop the attacks despite receiving reports that the group was planning to target churches, The Washington Post reports.

Read more: NPR

A New Mexico man who is a member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border and was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms reportedly faced similar charges 13 years ago in Oregon.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, also was accused of impersonating a police officer in Oregon's Klamath County in 2006 and claimed to be a fugitive bounty hunter, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Sunday.

The FBI and Sunland Park police arrested Hopkins on a federal complaint Saturday.  Hopkins was booked into the Dona Ana County detention center in Las Cruces and it wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Read more: Oregon Live

The Sri Lankan government has admitted it failed to act on multiple warnings before a coordinated series of attacks ripped through churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, and said it feared an international terror group might have been behind the atrocities.

A government spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne, said multiple warnings were received in the days before the attacks, which killed 290 people and injured at least 500 more. CNN understands that at least one warning referred to Nations Thawahid Jaman (NTJ), a little-known local Islamist group which has previously defaced Buddhist statues.

Senaratne, who is also health minister, said he did not believe a local group could have acted alone. "There must be a wider international network behind it," he said.

Read more: CNN

Two men and a woman are behind bars, accused of planting imitation explosive devices at two Northwest Louisiana schools as well as using a similar device during the robbery of a check-cashing business.

The trio will be booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and all three are also charged with terrorizing, communicating of false information of planned bombing on school property for Nash and principal to communicating of false information of planned bombing on school property for Mayweather and Gray, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

On April 2, the trio allegedly placed a fake bomb at Lakeview High School in Campti and called in a bomb threat. Officials were able to recover the package without incident. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident in connection with a bank robbery in Campti that happened the same day.

Read more: KPLC

A woman who walked into an Easter service carrying a baby with her left arm and waving a gun with her right was tackled by parishioners after threatening to blow up the the church, police and witnesses said.
The sermon was just wrapping up when the armed woman appeared on the church stage about noon, said Brother Ben Wisan, the founding pastor of TsidKenu Church. The church holds its services at Mt. Everest Academy, a school on Mount Everest Boulevard in Clairemont.

Wisan told the congregation of about 100 to get outside and “start praying,” but several church members stayed to try and talk to the woman, he said.

“We’re a big Holy Spirit church, so the peace of God was over the whole church,” he told a reporter with OnScene TV.

Read more: San Diego Union Tribune