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Attacks in Sri Lanka

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On April 21, suicide bombers targeted three Christian churches across Sri Lanka and three hotels in the city of Colombo. Additional bombs were set off later in the day in Dematagoda and Dehiwala. At least 250 people were killed and approximately 500 were injured. ISIS took responsibility, claiming “the perpetrators of the attack targeting the citizens of coalition countries and Christians in Sri Lanka were Islamic State fighters.″

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  • Writing: Why did ISIS target Sri Lanka?
  • Debate: Do the attacks in Sri Lanka mark a turning point in the war on terror around the world?
  • Poll:   Do you believe the attacks in Sri Lanka will result in greater sectarian violence around the world?
  • Short Answer: Describe the response of Sri Lankan authorities to the terror attacks.

Current events quiz:

1) At this point, it is believed ­­­­­­­______________ is to blame for the attacks.

a. India
c. Boko Haram
d. Hawwani Network

2) How many suicide bombers in total committed the attacks?

a. 2
b. 4
c. 5
d. 9

3) The vast majority of Sri Lankans identify as ___________.

a. Catholic
b. Jewish
c. Buddhist
d. Muslim

4) The Sri Lankan government admitted to receiving a warning letter about the attacks prior to their explosion. (T/F)

5) A gun battle erupted as Sri Lankan security forces raided a house in search of suspects linked to the attacks. (T/F)

6) The attacks mostly targeted the Jewish community. (T/F)


1) B

2) D

3) C

4) T

5) T

6) F

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