Colombo, April 21 (News Time): At least 215 people were killed and about 500 others were injured in eight bomb blasts, including suicidal attacks in three churches and luxury hotels on Sunday in Sri Lanka.
Along with these blasts, after the end of the bloody conflict with the LTTE, the peace continued for nearly a decade.
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told that one of the most dangerous attacks in the island nation, the explosion occurred at the St. Anthony Church of Colombo, St. Sebastian Church of the Western coastal city of Negombo and a church in Batticalova during the Easter prayer meeting at 9 pm local time. Happened.
The other three explosions took place in five star hotels – Shangriela, The Cinamon Grand and The Kingsbury.
According to officials, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the restaurant of Cinamon Grand Hotel.
Gunasekhara told reporters, “At least 207 people have died in the blasts. According to News First Channel, the number of dead is 215.
No one has taken responsibility for the Sunday blasts.
In Sri Lanka, the LTTE (LTTE) has carried out many attacks in the east. However, in 2009, the LTTE was eliminated.
Gunnasekera, while informing reporters, said that the police is not in a position to confirm whether all attacks were suicidal at the moment. He however said that in the bomb blast in Katuwadia (Negombo) church, there are indications that it was like a suicide attack.
An official said that a suicide bomber blew himself up in the restaurant of Cinnamoh Grand Grand Hotel.
Gunasekhara said that 66 bodies were kept in the National Hospital while 260 injured were being treated in the hospital. He said that 104 bodies were kept in the Negombo Hospital while 100 people are being treated in the hospital.
They said, “We have arrested three people on the basis of suspicion.”
Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Ariyasinghe said that at least 27 foreigners were killed in the blasts.
Chinese Embassy in Colombo said that at least two Chinese civilians have died in the blasts. The Embassy is trying to confirm the number of injured Chinese citizens.
Earlier, the Embassy had said that four Chinese civilians were injured in the blasts.
Local police said that about 500 people were injured in the blasts.
According to local media reports, people, who were injured in the blasts, are being reported as citizens of India, Pakistan, America, Morocco and Bangladesh.
Police spokesman Ruvin Gunasekera said that later, a powerful explosion occurred near the Colombo Zoo in the southern suburb of the capital, in which two people died.
Police said that when a team of police went to investigate in a house in the Orugodawatta area, a suicide bomber present there took a beating himself. Three policemen were killed in this blast. There have been eight blasts on Sunday.
Immediately after the eighth explosion, the government imposed curfew with immediate effect. Gunasekhara said that this curfew will be effective till the next notice.
President Maitripala Sirisena has appealed to people to maintain peace.
Sirisena said, “I am shocked by this unexpected event. The security forces have been instructed to take all necessary action. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe described it as a cowardly assault “and said that his government is working to” control the situation”.
He tweeted, “I appeal to Sri Lankan citizens to stay united and strong in this hour of sadness. The government is taking immediate action to control the situation.”
Security of religious places has been increased in the capital and the government has temporarily banned social media platforms.
Sri Lankan Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister Harsha De Selva said that the Sri Lankan government has convened an emergency meeting. All necessary emergency steps have been taken.
He said, “Very frightening scene, I saw the bodies of people’s body scattered around here. Emergency forces are stationed everywhere. “The Indian high commissioner in Colombo tweeted,” The explosions occurred in Colombo and Batiklova today. We are constantly monitoring the situation. Indian citizens can call these numbers for any kind of help, help and clarification- +94777903082, +94112422788, +94112422789. “The High Commissioner wrote in another tweet:” In addition to the numbers given to Indian citizens, anyone You can also call on +94777902082, +94772234176 for help and any other explanation.”
The news of the first blasts came from St. Anthony Church of Colombo and St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, outside the capital.
In a post written in the English page of St. Sebastian Church on Facebook page, “A bomb blast in our church, if your relatives are there, please come and help. “The photographs on social media busted St. Sebastian’s church There is widespread loss.
According to the official Daily News news, the security arrangements have been tightened at the Bandaranaike International Airport in view of the explosions. Additional security forces, including the riot police and special task force, have been deployed near the airport.
Holidays of all the policemen have been canceled.
Health sources said that the vacations of doctors, nurses and health officials have been canceled. Government schools have been announced on Monday and Tuesday.
Government schools have been discharged on Monday and Tuesday.
All prayer meetings on Easter in Colombo district have been canceled.
Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has described these attacks as “brutal”.