Pakistan: 10 dead after blast near Sufi shrine in Lahore

Suicide bomb attack reportedly targeted security guards at 11th-century site A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people and injured 24 outside Lahores Data Darbar, the largest Sufi shrine in south Asia, police in the Pakistani city said. The attack, which has been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, took place at about 8.45am local time (4.15am GMT) on Wednesday outside the female entrance to the 11th-century shrine, which has been under heavy guard since it was attacked by terrorists in 2010. The shells of burnt-out vehicles were scattered near the scene of the explosion. The area was quickly flooded with first responders and armed security personnel. Muhammad Ashfaq, a senior police official, told a press conference that security personnel …

‘Mawanella was the start’: Sri Lankan town reels from bombing links

Faith leaders say local youths were radicalised by extremist preacher Mohammed Zahran Hashim It was crude stuff: young men armed with hammers, arriving on motorbikes in the middle of the night. At four sites in Mawanella, a central Sri Lankan town, they hacked at Buddhist statues, lopping off parts of their faces and hands. In the aftermath of the desecration on 26 December 2018, police and local politicians were more concerned with defusing the anger of the Buddhist community and preventing religious riots of the kind that had rocked killed 253 people on Sunday, Mawanella was the start. One of the statues damaged in Mawanella in December 2018. Photograph: Supplied Chanaka Jayaree, a caretaker at one of the Buddhist shrines, …