Sri Lankan security personnel stand guard outside Mohideen Meththai Grand Jumma Mosque during the Friday noon prayer in Kattankudy on April 26, 2019. (AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)
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Security has ballooned in the seaside capital since a series of coordinated suicide attacks at hotels and churches on Easter Sunday killed 253 people and sent shockwaves through an island state that had enjoyed a decade of relative peace.Nearly 10,000 soldiers were deployed across the Indian Ocean island state to carry out searches and provide security for religious centers.Sunday's bombings shattered the relative calm that has existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu ethnic Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago.Sri Lanka's 22 million people include minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus.
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