Emergency Imposed From Monday MidNight In Srilanka After 290 People, Including Indians Got Killed In Serial Blasts

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.


23:43 IST

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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