Emergency Imposed in Srilanka after 290 People, Including Indians Got Killed In Serial Blasts; Another explosion takes place, on Monday, in a van near the church soon after which the government declared emergency provisions under terrorism prevention from Monday Midnight.
Srilankan Terror Blasts Death toll rises to 300.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reacting over the string of blasts has sought international help to conduct probe over the gory incident.
Although no group has claimed responsibility of the attacks the Government spokesperson Rajita Senaratne has said that the local outfit by name National Tawheed Jamath is suspected of plotting attacks.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo he added that chief of National Intelligence had earlier warned the Inspector General of Police of probable attacks before April 11.
“On April 4, international intelligence agencies had warned of these attacks, The IGP was informed on April 9," the minister said.
The police chief Pujith Jayasundera has been asked to resign in view of the security lapse.
In a series of deadly bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, on Sunday, April 21st, 290 people have been killed. Among the dead, are also 6 Indians along with other foreigners from the US, UK, Japan, and the Netherlands. The day’s been called the worst day for Sri Lanka since the Civil War that ended a decade ago.
Six deadly blasts struck in succession, one after the other, leaving around 500 people wounded, while others got killed.
Those Indians who died in the blasts have been identified as G Hanumantharayappa, M Rangappa, Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar, Ramesh, and PS Rasina.
Srilanka— MAYURI mayu (@TamilBo66066597) April 21, 2019
Batticaloa bomb blast 40 people dead
The 24 people who have been arrested for being involved in the blasts are from the minority Muslim community. The Sri Lankan government didn’t share the details of the suspects involved in the bombings.
"Don't give extremists a voice. Don't help to make them martyrs," said Ruwan Wijewardene, State Minister of Defence. Meanwhile those who took to twitter expressed their anger over the local outfit and demanded that they be arrested and punished severely.
The targets of the bomb explosions were St. Anthony Church in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo, and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. The timing was of around 8:45 a.m, as the Easter Sunday prayers were going on.
The attack on Churches in #SriLanka during Easter celebration is not different from Christchurch attack or Mecca Masjid Blast in India.— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) April 21, 2019
Majoritarian terrorists choose a day of festival to attack minorities so that they can cause more harm.
Three other explosions were also reported from five-star hotels, namely Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury.
The bombings have shaken the country and the rest of the world, as violent acts like these are increasing on an unprecedented level. Previously, in this year itself, a gunman had attacked the Mosques in New Zealand, killing many innocent people.
All the nations, including the United Nations, have condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka.
In the wake of the heinous attacks in Christchurch, I offer my condolences and support to New Zealand. It is a country with a strong history of peace, multiculturalism, and tolerance, and I have no doubt that its people will not allow this incident to undermine those values.— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) March 15, 2019
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, and called the bombings ‘cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts’. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj offered assistance as she regularly ascertained the details of Indian killed in the terror blasts.
I conveyed to the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka that India is ready to provide all humanitarian assistance. In case required, we are ready to despatch our medical teams as well.— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 21, 2019
Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals. Their names are Lokashini, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. We are ascertaining further details. /3— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 21, 2019
Indian High Commission in Colombo @IndiainSL will provide you all help and assistance. Our helpline numbers are :— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 21, 2019
+94777903082, +94112422788, +94112422789.
We are aware of his presence in Colombo at Shangri La hotel, as mentioned in your message. We are trying to get more information about him from hotel and hospital. @SushmaSwaraj— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) April 21, 2019
Another explosion took place in a van near the church, on Monday, April 22nd, 2019, when the defusing unit of the Special Task Force and air force tried to diffuse the bomb, said a witness. Indian Actress Radhika Sarathkumar is said to have checked out minutes before the incident occurred.
TV Actress Radhika Sarathkumar escapes from blasts in Sri Lanka, says had checked out minutes before the incident https://t.co/qWWe4qTcB8— TOI - TV Times (@toitv) April 21, 2019
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