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Sri Lanka Explosions: Church Bombing Sri Lanka Over 205 Killed and 400 Injured, Top 10 Fast Facts You need to Know

Sri Lanka Explosions: Church Bombing Sri Lanka

Officials say 450 injured as explosions hit four hotels and three churches in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in the east of the country

Sri Lanka’s defense and military officials have decided to impose a curfew “just until things settle down,” according to the state minister of defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, saying investigators have identified the culprits.
Sri Lanka’s minister of economic reforms and public distribution, Harsha de Silva, has visited the Kochchikade church and reports devastating scenes.

Three churches hit by explosions

It’s understood that the three churches hit by blasts are St Anthony’s Church in the capital, St Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, and local media has also reported a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province was hit.

Three Colombo hotels hit

  1. At least 138 people have been reported to be killed and hundreds more injured in a series of explosions targeting churches holding Easter services and hotels in Sri Lanka.
  2. Most of the dead are believed to have been locals, with the BBC putting the number of foreigners killed at nine, and AFP reporting that 35 people from other countries have lost their lives. 
  3. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Sri Lanka’s defense minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, said the culprits had been identified and were religious extremists.
  4. The government has imposed a curfew with immediate effect.
  5. Sri Lankan Airlines has advised people to arrive at the airport early. This advice was issued before the curfew was announced
  6. There were six initial blasts, at three hotels and three churches, before two more explosions sometime later
  7. The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, condemned the “cowardly” attacks and urged people to remain “united and strong.
  8. The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Ranjith, called it “a very sad day
  9. The curfew that was to have begun at 6 pm has now been imposed with immediate effect.
  10. World leaders including Narendra Modi, Imran Khan, Theresa May, Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Vladimir Putin condemned the attacks.