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Other Muslims have expressed fears that they could be targeted by Islamist hardliners, after the community's religious leadership said the attackers would not be buried at mosques in the country. Among mosques that did hold prayers on Friday in the capital Colombo, attendance was thin, with some worshippers saying they wanted to stand up to extremists.
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At least people died when attackers blew themselves up at three churches and three hotels Sunday in coordinated blasts that officials blame on local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama'ath. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks. The bombings have been condemned by leaders of Sri Lanka's Muslim minority but some in the community still fear a backlash from other religious groups.
Around two dozen police and other armed personnel guarded the Dawatagaha Jumma mosque, which has been threatened by hardline Islamists in the past because it contains a Sufi shrine, which extremists consider idolatrous.
Police prevented people from walking or parking vehicles directly outside after rumours circulating on social media about possible car bomb attacks. Sniffer dogs stood guard as police checked bags and patted down worshippers and journalists before letting them inside.
We have to die one day and it can happen anywhere," a defiant Salley told AFP. Salley said Friday prayers at the Dawatagaha Jumma mosque regularly attract up to worshippers, but only around turned up this week.
Prayers were also cut short from the usual one hour to just 15 minutes because of the security situation, with the mosque's imam telling worshippers that the Prophet Mohammed would have condemned the attacks. Richard Osborn-Brooks, who has been cleared by police and will face no further action, is said to be in hiding with his wife Maureen. Mr Osborn-Brooks woke in the early hours of Friday to find two men in his house and stabbed Vincent, 37, in the upper body.
The burglar escaped the house in Hither Green, south east London, along with an accomplice believed to be Billy Jeeves, who remains on the run.