Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Dozens killed, hundreds more injured in Sri Lanka bombings

Dozens killed, hundreds more injured in Sri Lanka bombings

Why can't we not circulate photos of the dead?

An unnamed source told news agency AFP that at least 80 people had been admitted to hospital in the capital.

Media reported 25 people were killed in an attack on the evangelical Zion Church in Batticaloa on the country's east coast.

The attacks continued hours after the initial string of six explosions. Earlier in the day, Harsha De Silva, the Sri Lankan minister of economic reforms and public distribution, said seven people had been detained in connection with the blasts.

A curfew was imposed by authorities Sunday evening, alongside a social media ban of sites including Facebook and WhatsApp.

The nature of all the explosions was not immediately clear.

At least eight explosions were reported, including three each in churches and frequented by tourists.

An as yet unconfirmed number of foreigners have also been reported dead in the attack.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. nationals were among those killed, but did not give details.

The St Anthony's Catholic church in Kochchikde, located in a conclave near the Colombo port, was among the first to be bombed, when a mass in the Tamil language was going on.

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe confirmed that security services had conveyed "prior information of the attack" to the government, but said that ministers had not been informed.

A British man had a heartbreaking hunt through the hospitals of Colombo in search of his son after finding that his wife and daughter had been killed.

More than 50 people were killed at St Sebastian's in Negombo, north of Colombo. At the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, a manager told Agence France-Presse that a suicide bomber stood in line for the breakfast buffet before detonating the explosives attached to his body. It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels.

Anita Nicholson, 42, and her son Alex were at the second-floor restaurant of the five-star Shangri La hotel in Colombo when a series of bombs tore through the capital, according to London's Telegraph.

Guests throughout the hotel heard and felt the explosion.

Sunday's attacks were the worst acts of violence since the Tamil civil war that ended in 2009 and, during it's long history, saw numerous bombings and assassinations across the country. "In case required, we are ready to despatch our medical teams as well", she added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the government said eight people had been arrested and investigators would look into whether the attackers had "overseas links". However, the country's attorney general denied any such alerts had been shared with officials. "I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong".

Yousef al-Othaimeen, the secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations-the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-has strongly condemned the "cowardly" Easter Sunday attacks targeting innocent worshippers and civilians.

All of them are in stable condition, according to China's Embassy in Sri Lanka.

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that as of this morning, 214 New Zealanders were registered as being in Sri Lanka, after another 100 people logged themselves into the website.

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