INDIA NEGOMBO At least 67 killed at St. Sebastian’s Church BATTICALOA Church hit by explosion SRI LANKA COLOMBO Blasts at six sites MADURAI MONDAY APRIL 22, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION First blast at Suicide bombing St Anthony’s at a hotel in Shrine in Colombo Colombo, during morning’s Cinnamon Grand, Easter Mass at 8.30 am Shangri-La, hotel overlooking Indian Ocean on same Galle Face road, hit at 9.05 am Attack at another luxury hotel, The Kingsbury, on same road Deadly explosion at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo, north of the capital Attack at the Protestant Zion church in the east-coast town of Batticaloa Blast after noon at a small hotel in Colombo near the famous Dehiwala zoo Suicide bomber detonates explosives after cops raid his house in Colombo St. Anthony’s Shrine The Kingsbury hotel Residential district Shangri-la hotel 6% OF LANKA IS CATHOLIC; PROTESTANTS FORM 1.5% OF THE POPULATION Dematagoda Cinnamon Grand hotel INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION The audacity of the blasts came as a shock as the area in Colombo is among the most secure. It houses the PM’s residence and the Presidential Secretariat COLOMBO Hotel by Dehiwala zoo There was prior information about the attacks. We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken. Neither I nor ministers were kept informed Ranil Wickremesinghe, Lankan PM Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka Narendra Modi, Indian PM OVER 200 KILLED IN LANKAN EASTER SUNDAY MASSACRE 450 hurt in eight serial bomb blasts At least two attacks were by suicide bombers IED detected near Colombo airport Foreign intel agency had issued alert INDIAN MISSION ON HIT LIST TOO? Lanka’s top cop warned officers 10 days ago of possible suicide attacks on churches and the Indian high commission—which is near the attacked hotels—by National Thowheed Jamaath, an Islamist group, says AFP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AT least 215 people were killed and 450 more wounded after a series of eight bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in capital Colombo and other places in Sri Lanka on Sunday, the first major attack in the nation after the terror outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was defeated in 2009. Thirteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly blasts even as police raided a house in Panadura in Western Province allegedly used to shelter the attackers. Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said “the names that have come up so far are local”, but added investigators would look into whether the attackers had any “overseas links”. Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene called it a terror attack by religious extremists from a particular outfit, but did not name the group. No one has claimed responsibility yet. The first blast was reported in the morning at the historic St Anthony’s Shrine located in the capital’s Kotahena area, which has a sizeable Tamil population. This was followed by attacks at three high-end hotels hotels in Colombo—Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and The Kingsbury. After a brief lull, there was a deadly explosion at BOMBED AT BREAKFAST A suicide bomber patiently waited in a queue for breakfast at the Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. “Carrying a plate, the man, who registered there the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was about to be served when he set off his bomb,” a hotel manager told AFP St Sebastian’s church in the Catholic-majority town of Negombo and another attack at a Protestant church in Batticaloa. Two more blasts occurred after noon, one of them during a police raid at the house of a suspect who detonated the explosives that he was wearing killing three cops. An improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered near Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, the country’s main airport, and defused by the air force, BBC’s Azzam Ameen tweeted. The Lankan government has imposed a nationwide curfew and curbed social media access to stop fake news from spreading. At least 35 foreigners were among the dead, including Chinese, British, Portuguese and American citizens. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed several US citizens were killed. FULL COVERAGE: P10 At least four Indians die in mayhem Colombo E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E helpline @ New Delhi/Kasargod For assistance from the Indian mission in Sri Lanka, call +94777903082, +94112422788, +94112422789, 94777902082 or +94772234176. IndiGo and Air India have announced full waiver on rescheduling and cancelling all flights to and from Colombo till April 24 AT least four Indians died in the serial blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday one of whom was a woman , from Kerala’s Kasargod. P S Razeena (61), who hails from Kasargod and is based in Suratkal, had holidayed with her husband at the upscale Shangri-La hotel in Colombo for 10 days and was checking out when a bomb went off. Her husband escaped by a whisker, as he had already left for the airport, her nephew K C Irshad said. While the Indian High Commission put the Indian toll at three, it had not added Razeena. The victims it named were Lokashini, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh, all of whom were reported dead at the National Hospital. “Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. Among the injured was Purushotham Reddy (51) from Bengaluru. He was on a business trip along with a relative, Nagaraj Reddy and , lodged at Kingsbury hotel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh and called the suicide bombings “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts”. He also offered all possible help to the country .
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