The blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday April 21 killed at least 290 people and left hundreds more injured. Search and rescue, victim identification have been carried out along with a counter-terrorist operation. The US Embassy in Colombo launched an ALERT, asking everyone to “remain vigilant, and report any suspicious activity to authorities immediately”.
- There were six suicide bombers involved in the explosions. So far, 24 suspects have been arrested in connection to the attacks.
- The FBI and Interpol are among the global agencies who are stepping in to assist the investigation.
- The Sri Lanka government may have had information about the attacks prior to the bombings. A minister claimed that US and Indian governments had warned of “something terrible,” but it’s unclear if any action was taken.
- More victims’ names and faces are emerging, among them 30 foreigners.
Among killed in multiple blasts are “close” to 30 foreigners Sri Lanka Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Harsha de Silva informed press. Immediate actions will be taken to stop activities of all extremist groups, 12 hour curfew imposed from 6 PM. Social media temporary banned, Minister continued.
Seven suspects arrested in relation to the blasts.
AFP news agency reports that Sri Lanka‘s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches“.
“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” the alert said.
The NTJ is Sri Lanka radical Muslim group that was linked last year to the vandalism of Buddhiststatues.
The toll in a series of eight blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has risen to at least 207 dead, with over 450 people wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.
“On 21 April 2019 bombs were used to attack three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, in central Colombo, and in the northern suburb of Colombo Kochchikade, and roughly twenty miles north of Colombo in Negombo and in the east of the country in ” British FCO travel advice wrote.
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