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
3 churches, 3 hotels attacked in Colombo, #SriLanka on #EasterSunday.#Christian community attacked!
Explosions at :
St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade
St.Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya
Church in Batticaloa
Shangri La hotel
Cinnamon Grand Hotel pic.twitter.com/yYI8OUwoPK
— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) April 21, 2019
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The government has imposed a curfew with immediate effect.
- Sri Lankan Airlines has advised people to arrive at the airport early. This advice was issued before the curfew was announced
- There were six initial blasts, at three hotels and three churches, before two more explosions sometime later
- The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, condemned the “cowardly” attacks and urged people to remain “united and strong.
- The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Ranjith, called it “a very sad day
- The curfew that was to have begun at 6 pm has now been imposed with immediate effect.
- World leaders including Narendra Modi, Imran Khan, Theresa May, Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Vladimir Putin condemned the attacks.
If you are worried about a loved one in Sri Lanka and cannot get in contact, the high commission in London has setup an emergency hotline (07917382486) where you can leave their details to check with authorities in Sri Lanka. #SriLanka #srilankaterrorattack
— Patrick Greenfield (@pgreenfielduk) April 21, 2019
Saddened by the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. We follow the situation closely. My thoughts are with the wounded and the families and friends of the victims. We firmly condemn these cowardly acts.
— Juha Sipilä (@juhasipila) April 21, 2019
I condemn the heinous attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and with the people of Sri Lanka.
— Lars Løkke Rasmussen (@larsloekke) April 21, 2019
A tragic Easter in Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the families of those killed in the attacks on churches and hotels; and those still fighting for their lives.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 21, 2019