Sri Lankans seek security in post-Easter attack election

Worries about Islamic extremism are paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to power

The polls are the country’s first since Easter’s deadly suicide attacks that killed 269 people.

Many in Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese Buddhist majority favor Gotabaya because of his role in the Rajapaksa government’s decisive victory a decade ago over ethnic Tamil rebels, ending the secessionist civil war. But some minority Tamils and Muslims fear his reputation.