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A series of coordinated bombings occurred in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, April 21, killing at least 259 people and injuring more than 500. Suicide bombers targeted three churches celebrating Easter Mass, in Colombo, Batticaloa and Negombo, as well as three hotel lobbies in Colombo serving breakfast.

The group responsible for the bombings was identified as National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), an Islamist extremist group that had not committed any acts of terrorism before. Police arrested at...


A division of rebel troops entered Tripoli, Libya, on April 4 with the intent to capture the city. At press time, rocket and artillery fire were still being reported, the clashes between rebel troops and Libyan armed forces having killed at least 220 people, including 18 civilians, and injured more than 900. More than 2,800 civilians fled the city.

A UN-backed government controls Tripoli and much of western Libya, while militias, some allied with the government, control areas of...


The Islamist militant group Islamic Jihad fired several rockets from the Gaza Strip toward nearby towns in Israel on Saturday, May 4, damaging a number of homes and killing one civilian. Israel responded with multiple rocket strikes into Gaza.

The conflict escalated, and by the evening of May 5, Islamic Jihad had fired more than 650 missiles into Israel, killing three civilians, while Israeli airstrikes had targeted 350 locations in Gaza, killing at least 25 Palestinians, seven of...


Gunmen attacked a church in the town of Silgadji, Burkina Faso, on April 28, killing seven people. The attackers fled before security forces could arrive at the scene. As of press time, no group had taken responsibility for the attack, but Islamist groups allied with Daesh and al-Qaeda are known to be operating in the country.

Flooding and mudslides in the city of Durban as well as in other coastal parts of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, killed at least 60 people on April 24 and displaced more than 1,000. After the initial floods, heavy rains and strong winds continued to batter the region.

A little more than a month after the devastating Cyclone Idal hit Mozambique and parts of Southern Africa, killing more than 500 people, Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on Mozambique on April 26, killing at least 41 and causing heavy flooding. More than 90% of the houses on the island of Ibo, home to about 7,000 people, were reported destroyed. It is the first time in recorded history that East Africa was hit by two tropical cyclones in one season.

Though the strength of Kenneth dropped...


Weather events caused multiple fatalities in South Asia in April.

In Afghanistan, days of rain the week of April 14 caused flooding in the northern and central regions of the country, including in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 15 people.

In southern Pakistan, a dust storm on April 15 hit the city of Karachi, leaving five people dead. This was followed by heavy rains and flooding in northern Pakistan that killed an additional 39 people and injured at least 135.



In southwestern Colombia on April 21, heavy rains caused a mudslide in the town of Rosas that killed 28 people, injured five and destroyed several buildings.