Sri Lanka 21 April 2019: More than 207 individuals have been killed and hundreds harmed after blasts at three places of worship and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
The death toll from the attacks has risen to 207 people. The Sri Lankan government has confirmed that 27 foreigners have died. At least five still reported missing. Heads of foreign missions kept informed about the foreign casualties.
Sri Lankan government has blocked all major social media and messaging services, including Facebook and WhatsApp, to curb misinformation — The government also set a nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. While No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Seven suspects have been arrested by authorities in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan sends condolences to the Sri Lankan People while said that “Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief”.
President of United States Donald Trump while tweeting said that “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!”.
Former President of United States Barack Obama has said that “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”
The places that were attacked listed as
St Anthony’s Church in Colombo
St Sebastian’s Church in western coastal town of Negombo
A church in Batticaloa
The Shangri La
The Cinnamon Grand