Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sri Lanka: Suicide bombers target Churches and Hotels, over 200 killed

(Colombo) Terrorists have detonated explosive devices at 8 different locations across Sri Lanka killing 207 people and injuring over 500 others. No one has so far claimed responsibility for what Sri Lankan officials are describing as a terrorist attack by religious extremists. This builds on reports that Sri Lankan Police Chief Pujuth Jayasundara alerted top officers on the 11th April that radical Islamists were planning to hit prominent churches, 

Two of the initial six blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers with at least 45 people being killed in Colombo, where three hotels and a church were hit, along with another 67 in the church attack in Negombo, north of the capital, with another 25 dead at a church in the town of Batticaloa, in the east of the country. The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
In response the Government has put in place a curfew across the country