Sri Lanka Explosions: Bombings At Easter Churches And Hotels – Series of bomb blasts rippled out in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday morning at three churches and three hotels caused more than 200 people are dead and almost 500 are injured.
Sri Lanka Explosions: Bombings At Easter Churches And Hotels:
Among the 11 foreigners included three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals, and three British nationals killed. Police said were coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by a single group, bombers also struck three hotels popular with tourists.
Who Were Killed In Sri Lanka Bombings:
Sri Lanka’s Easter’s massive successive on Sunday, leaving at least 207 people dead and 450 others injured. This attack is the largest attack on South Asian Christians in recent memory.
Sri Lanka Bombings Occurred Churches:
The bombings began around 8:45 a.m., and targeted Roman Catholic houses of worship, at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of Colombo.
St. Anthony’s Shrine, Colombo
St. Sebastian’s Church, Negombo
Zion Church, Batticaloa
Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
Near Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
A house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda
Officials in Sri Lanka said that seven people had been arrested in connection with the attacks.
At least seven suspects were held in connection with the bombings, according to the Sri Lanka’s defense minister, Ruwan Wijewardene,suicide bombers had been behind the explosions.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement released by the State Department. “Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.”
“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in part early Sunday. “We stand ready to help!”
“The attacks on tourists and Easter worshipers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity,” Obama wrote. “On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”
Sri Lankan Member of Parliament Harsha de Silva wrote in a tweet Sunday of “many casualties including foreigners. Sec Defence and I am at Kochchikade church. Also was at ShangriLa n Kingsbury. PM is on his way from Bentota. Emergency meeting called in a few minutes. Rescue operations underway. Please stay calm and indoors. Many casualties including foreigners, Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over. Emergency crews are at all locations in full force. We, at 1990 also have close to 20 units at the various locations. We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives,”.
Who Were Targeted In Sri Lanka Bombings | Sri Lanka Bombings Motive:
Sri Lanka’s minority Christian community appeared to be the main target of Sunday’s attack, as according to census data, 70.2% of Sri Lankans identify as Buddhist, 12% Hindu, 9.7% Muslim, and 7.4% Christian. It is estimated that 82% of Sri Lankan Christians are Roman Catholic.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the “devastating” attacks in Sri Lanka Easter, and referred to the March 15 shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch in which 50 fatally dead.
“New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil,” Ardern said. “New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely.”
Read the post by an eye-witness, guest in Shangri-La Hotel named Sarita Marlou, “Such a sad day in Sri Lanka. Thank you for all your messages and calls. All 3 of us are safe.
The bomb blasted inside Table One Restaurant on the 3rd floor, the main restaurant of the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo where people were apparently having their Easter breakfast. Felt the blast all the way up to the 17th floor where we were sleeping. Few minutes later, we were asked to evacuate the hotel. While running down the stairs, saw a lot of blood on the floor but we were still clueless as to what really happened.
Only after we got out of the hotel that we knew about the unfortunate incident and that it also hit two other nearby hotels, Cinnamon Grand and The Kingsbury. Apparently, churches were bombed, too. What a tragic day for Sri Lanka indeed.
What brought a tear in my eye was when they handed out food that was prepared with so much love and anticipation for the supposed Easter celebration of the hotel. My heart goes to the staff who prepared these and got injured from the blast unfortunately.
Thankful to the management and staff of the hotel for putting everyone’s safety in priority and working tirelessly to ensure that we are all okay. Again, thank you for all your concern. Mar, Selena, and I are all safe. Please continue praying for peace all over the world, not only in Sri Lanka. May you all have a Blessed Easter Sunday. #PrayForSriLanka”
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 21, 2019
— ANI (@ANI) April 21, 2019
.@POTUS and I are monitoring the horrific attacks on those celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. Our hearts & prayers are with the victims & their families. This atrocity is an attack on Christianity & religious freedom everywhere. No one should ever be in fear in a house of worship.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 21, 2019