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Sri Lanka serial blasts highlights: 8 Indians killed in attacks; emergency declared

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Updated:Apr 22, 2019 11:34:34 pm

Sri Lanka serial blasts: The explosions happened when worshippers were attending Easter services. The blasts took place at around 8.45 am (local time). 

At least 290 people have lost their lives in serial blasts in Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

Sri Lanka serial blasts: Eight Indians have lost their lives in the serial blasts that struck Sri Lanka on Sunday. Eight coordinated explosions have claimed 290 lives and left over 450 injured. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks.

A day after the serial blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday, another explosion occurred in a van near a church as the bomb squad was trying to defuse it, news agency Reuters reported.

The authorities have arrested 24 people from the minority Muslim community in connection with the blasts that ripped through Colombo. The explosions targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.

Indians in distress may please contact Indian High Commission in Colombo. Helpline numbers are: +94777903082, +94112422788, +94112422789, +94112422789.

 

 

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23:05 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Negombo, the Catholic town at the center of Easter Sunday attacks

At least 110 were killed at St. Sebastian’s, said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, making it the day’s most deadly bombing. Charles Fernando, 32, who was among the neighbourhood residents walking between houses, pointed to a home where he said nearly everyone had been killed or injured.

Catholicism is everywhere in Negombo, a town of about 140,000 people with dozens of churches and perhaps hundreds of small roadside Catholic shrines. About 65 per cent of Negombo is Roman Catholic, according to census data. Read full story here

22:42 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka PM not alerted to warning of attack because of feud - minister

A rift between Sri Lanka's president and prime minister, which sparked a crisis last year, came under scrutiny on Monday a day after a series of deadly bomb blasts, with questions over how the government handled a recent warning of an attack.

The premier has been kept out of intelligence briefings since he fell out with the president, a government minister said.

Police had been warned this month about a possible attack on churches by a little-known domestic Islamist group, according to a document seen by Reuters.

22:23 (IST)22 Apr 2019
UN leaders strongly condemn Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

The UN leadership strongly condemned the string of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that killed 290 people and injured more than 500 others, with the chief of the world body Antonio Guterres saying he was "outraged" by the devastating blasts.Eight blasts, including suicide attacks, targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress.

21:35 (IST)22 Apr 2019
At least 6 JDS workers killed in Colombo blasts, says Karnataka govt

At least six JD(S) workers from Karnataka, who were on a visit to Sri Lanka after a gruelling campaign for the Lok Sabha polls, were killed in the multiple blasts in the island nation, the State government said Monday.

A leisure trip to Sri Lanka proved fatal for JD(S) workers when the blast took place very close to the dining table as they sat for breakfast at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, one of the major targets of the deadliest terror strikes in the island nation's history, family members said.

20:58 (IST)22 Apr 2019
8 Indians killed in Easter blasts in Sri Lanka

At least eight Indians are among the dead after a string of devastating suicide blasts struck churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing 290 people on Easter Sunday, officials said on Monday.

"Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of one more individual - H Shivakumar - in the blasts yesterday, taking the total number of Indian deaths in the tragedy to 8 till now," the Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted.

20:19 (IST)22 Apr 2019
US vows fight on 'Islamic radical terrorism' after Sri Lanka attacks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Monday that the United States will keep fighting "radical Islamic terror" after devastating attacks in Sri Lanka that targeted churches on Easter and hotels.

"Radical Islamic terror remains a threat. We are continuing to do real work against these evil human beings," Pompeo told reporters.

"This is America's fight, too," added Pompeo, who said he had spoken by telephone with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

19:45 (IST)22 Apr 2019
3 Sri Lanka policemen killed in Easter blasts posthumously promoted

Three policemen, who were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up causing the concrete floor of a two-storey building to crash on them in the Sri Lankan capital, have been posthumously promoted.

One Sub Inspector and two constables were killed during a raid at a house in Colombo north suburb of Orugodawatta at Dematagoda on Sunday. When they entered the house, a suicide bomber blew himself, killing all of them.

19:21 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka's Christians afraid to attend church after blasts

Members of Sri Lanka's Christian minority have been left afraid to go to church after deadly attacks that hit Easter services, killing nearly 300 and stoking fears of communal violence.

"Some people might be afraid to go to church now. At this moment I have no idea what to say," Father Lour Fernando told AFP by St Sebastian's in Negombo, one of three churches targeted Sunday.

18:57 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka blasts: Relatives endure grim screening to identify dead at Colombo morgue

Some hid their eyes, some collapsed in tears as gruesome images of victims from Sri Lanka's Easter massacre were projected on to a screen in front of distraught relatives at a Colombo morgue on Monday.

The pictures of some of the 290 dead are disturbing, with faces battered and bodies missing limbs.

18:21 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka police find 87 bomb detonators at Colombo bus stand

Sri Lankan police found 87 bomb detonators at the main bus station in the capital, Colombo, on Monday, a spokesman said, a day after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels killing 290 people and wounding about 500.

Security forces are carrying out searches across the island to find those behind the bombs. No group has claimed responsibility.

17:58 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka announces compensation for bomb blast victims

The Sri Lankan government on Monday announced that it will compensate the victims of the ghastly bomb blasts that hit churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 290 people and injuring over 500 others during Easter celebrations, according to a media report.

Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said that the each victim in the attacks will be paid 1 million Sri Lankan rupees (USD 5,722), while about 100,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 572) would be given for the costs of the funeral processions, The Sunday Times reported.

He said that the injured in the attacks would be paid between 100,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 570)- 300,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 1717).

17:37 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Two more Indians killed in blasts

The Indian High Commission on Monday confirmed the deaths of two more Indians in the blasts - Vemurai Tulsiram and S R Nagaraj.

16:45 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka identifies outfit behind blasts; says all suicide bombers Lankan nationals

A local outfit identified as the National Tawheed Jamath is suspected of plotting the deadly Easter blasts that killed 290 people and wounded 500 others in the worst terror attack in the country’s history, a top Sri Lankan minister said on Monday. Read full story here.

16:16 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Fresh explosion in a van near Colombo church that was hit by Sunday blasts

A fresh explosion took place in a van near a Church in Colombo while bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it, news agency Reuters reported.

16:03 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka blasts: Authorities say attacks carried out by suicide bombers, international network involved

Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, an investigator said on Monday, while a government spokesman said an international network was involved.

15:53 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka declares emergency from midnight

Sri Lanka will enforce a state of emergency from midnight Monday in the wake of the deadly Easter blasts that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500 others, enhancing the counter terrorism powers of of the security forces.

The decision was made during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena.

15:23 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka to seek help tracking international links to attacks

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will ask for foreign assistance to track international links to a series of suicide bomb at churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, his office said.

"The intelligence reports (indicate) that foreign terrorist organisations are behind the local terrorists. Therefore, the president is to seek the assistance of the foreign countries," it said in a statement.

15:01 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to declare nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in the country, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will declare nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday., reported Reuters. 

Sri Lanka on Monday had lifted the curfew which had been imposed indefinitely after the eight blasts targeting churches and hotels killed over 290 people. and injured 500 . The  Sri Lankan president also appointed a three-member committee headed by an apex court judge to probe and submit a report within two weeks, according to media reports.

Supreme Court judge Vijith Malalgoda, former IGP N K Ilangakoon and Former Law & Order Ministry Secretary Padamasiri Jayamanne have been appointed as members of the committee, SundayTimes said in a  report. 

14:52 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Indian Coast Guard on high alert along the maritime boundary with Sri Lanka.

The  Indian Coast Guard is on high alert along the maritime boundary with Sri Lanka,  news agency, ANI reported citing Coast Guard sources.

Ships and maritime surveillance aircraft Dornier has been deployed on the maritime border to prevent any attempts by suicide bombing perpetrators to escape from Sri Lanka.

 
14:10 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Three children of Anders Holch Povlsen, Denmark's richest man, killed in Sri Lanka blast

Three children of Anders Holch Povlsen, Denmark's richest man, died in the Sri Lanka terror attacks. His four children were visiting the country over the Easter holiday. Povlsen is the largest stakeholder in Asos and Scotland's biggest private landowner. 

13:40 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka serial blasts: Curfew in Colombo from 8 pm to 4 am

Sri Lankan authorities have order curfew in Colombo from 8 pm to 4 am. The authority had lifted nation-wide curfew that was imposed right after blasts today morning. The series of explosions killed 290 and injured over 450. The Police have arrested 24 people who are members of a Muslim radical group. 

13:00 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Words can’t describe the pain here: Sri Lankan Minister

Sri Lankan Minister Harsha de Silva: Words can’t describe the pain here at St. Sebastian's, Katuwapitiya. 102 innocent Catholics lost their lives; a mass funeral.

(Photo: Harsha de Silva:/Twitter)

12:13 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Safe house where the bombers lived for nearly three months recovered in Colombo

Sri Lankan authorities today recovered a safe house in the south of Colombo where the bombers had lived for nearly three months leading to the attacks. Sri Lanka Air Force also found an improvised explosives device along a road leading to the departure terminal at the Colombo international airport. "It was a crude six-foot pipe bomb that was found by the roadside...We have removed it and safely defused it at an air force location," an air force spokesman said.

11:24 (IST)22 Apr 2019
7-member team of JD(S) workers goes missing in Sri Lanka

A 7-member team of JD(S) workers from Karnataka has gone missing after bomb blasts. Two of them are feared killed.  High Commission of India in Sri Lanka today confirmed the death of two more Indian nationals, KG Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa in the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. Deaths of five Indian nationals have been confirmed so far.

11:08 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka serial blasts: Death toll mounts to 290, 25 suspects arrested

The death toll in the serial bomb blasts that rocked Sri Lanka has mounted to 290. The Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 24 people from the minority Muslim community.

08:49 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka lifts curfew imposed after serial blasts

Sri Lanka has lifted the curfew which was indefinitely imposed after the eight serial blasts rocked the nation. Sri Lankan government had imposed curfew with immediate effect after the blasts.  A string of eight powerful blasts struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

08:14 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Two more Indians succumb to injuries 

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj today confirmed the death of two more Indians in Sri Lanka.

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07:40 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Notice for passengers travelling during curfew

Sri Lankan Airlines has issued a notice for passengers travelling during the curfew.

07:00 (IST)22 Apr 2019
US condemns the serial bombings in Sri Lanka

The United States has condemned the series of bombings that occurred in Sri Lanka on Sunday. More than 200 people were killed and 450 were injured in the bombings.

06:59 (IST)22 Apr 2019
WATCH: Eiffel Tower goes dark as a tribute to those died in Sri Lanka

The Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark at the midnight as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the serial bombings in Sri Lanka.

06:13 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appealed for calm

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appealed for calm. "I have been shocked by this totally unexpected incidents. The security forces haven been asked to take all action necessary," Sirisena said as per PTI.

05:25 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Pope condemns attack

Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis skipped his homily during Easter Mass but delivered his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (To the city and the world) speech highlighting conflicts in the Mideast, Africa and the Americas and demanding that political leaders put aside their differences and work instead for peace, reports AP.

04:55 (IST)22 Apr 2019
World leaders condemn attack

World leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners -- with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them. Hospital sources also said Japanese citizens were among those injured by the bombs which ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services.

04:20 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka blocks social media

A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following attacks that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday.

03:47 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lankan government imposed an indefinite nationwide curfew

The government imposed an indefinite nationwide curfew. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Earlier reports citing Sri Lankan officials said the number of dead foreigners as between 27 and 35, including Americans, British and Dutch. A White House statement said that "the United States condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka." Since the 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009, the country -- noted for its friendliness, natural beauty, its temples and mix of cultures -- had drawn increasing numbers of foreign tourists.

03:16 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Several Americans killed in attacks: Mike Pompeo

Several Americans were among the more than 200 people killed Sunday in a series of bombings of hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. "While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed," he said in a statement. "The US Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families." The attacks, which police said left more than 450 people wounded in addition to at least 207 dead, constituted the worst act of violence since the end of Sri Lanka's civil war a decade ago.

02:38 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Britons among those killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Britons were among those killed in the deadly Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Office in London said. "We can confirm that British nationals were among those killed in today's horrific attacks in Sri Lanka," a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman told AFP. "Our staff are supporting the relatives of the victims and are continuing to work with the relevant authorities to obtain further information. "We extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and all those affected by this senseless tragedy."

02:09 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Naveen Patnaik condemns Sri Lanka blasts

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday condemned the serial blasts in Sri Lanka that killed 215 people, and said such "dastardly acts" have no place in civilised societies.

"Strongly condemn the gruesome terror attacks in #Colombo, Sri Lanka. Such dastardly acts on peaceful congregations and citizens have no place in civilised societies," Patnaik said in a twitter post.

01:27 (IST)22 Apr 2019
9 foreigners missing

9 foreigners reported missing. 25 unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners,are at Colombo Judicial Medical Officer's mortuary. Emergency hotline to assist families of affected foreign nationals will be operational 24 hrs at +94 112323015, says Sri Lanka

01:00 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lankan Airlines issues notice for passengers travelling during curfew,

Sri Lankan Airlines has issued notice for passengers travelling during curfew, after series of explosions in the Sri Lanka on Sunday. The curfew has been imposed till 6 am on Monday.

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