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Multiple Explosions at Churches in Sri Lanka - Over 200 Dead

Discussion in 'Terrorist Attacks' started by fran, Apr 21, 2019.

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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Six-foot pipe bomb is found at Sri Lanka’s main airport hours after series of blasts killed at least 207 including five Britons in Easter Sunday terror attacks targeting Christians at churches and luxury hotels
    • At least 207 people were killed and 450 wounded after eight explosions rocked hotels and churches
    • The blasts, mostly around Colombo, have killed at least 35 foreigners including Britons and Americans
    • Three British nationals, and two holding dual UK-US nationality, are among the dead, Sri Lankan officials said
    • This evening it was reported a further explosive was found and disposed of at the country's main airport
    • Seven suspects have been arrested after Sri Lanka's worst violence since the end of its civil war in 2009
    • A curfew has now been imposed in the country and a social media ban is in force to stop false information
    • Eight separate explosions occurred - an initial six in three churches and hotels, followed by a further two later
    • One hotel manager said a suicide bomber had queued for a breakfast buffet before blowing himself up today
    • A warning was issued about a possible Islamist attack on churches last week, but no-one has claimed attack
    • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT


    A bomb was found and safely destroyed at Sri Lanka's main airport this evening just hours after co-ordinated attacks killed 207 people in explosions at churches and five-star hotels on Easter Sunday.

    Eight blasts ripped through landmarks around the capital Colombo, and on Sri Lanka's east coast, targeting Christians, hotel guests and foreign tourists.

    More than 450 people were wounded and five British citizens were among the dead.

    A a six-foot pipe bomb was later found by air force personal on a routine patrol at the country's main airport Bandaranaike International, also known as Katunayake Airport or Colombo International.


    'A PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives in it was discovered,' Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told the Sri Lankan Sunday Times.

    He said the bomb device was discovered by Air Force personnel on a routine patrol and was disposed by the Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit of the Air Force in a controlled area.

    The airport was put 'on lockdown' while the security forces examined and detonated the device, according to reports from the scene.

    It comes after this morning, six bombs went off in quick succession before another two blasts two hours later in Sri Lanka's worst violence since the end of its decades-long civil war in 2009.

    As details of the horror emerged today, Sri Lankan TV chef Shantha Mayadunne and her London-based daughter Nisanga were among the first victims named.

    Meanwhile a manager at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo said the attacker had set off the horrific explosion in a packed restaurant at 8.30am, after waiting in a queue for a breakfast buffet.

    At least 35 foreigners are feared to have been killed in the attacks - including five Britons, two of whom were joint US-UK citizens. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the the 'horrifying attacks' which he said had killed 'several British nationals'.

    Further fatalities are said to include three Indians, two Turks, one Portuguese citizen and an unknown number of Dutch and Chinese nationals.

    Seven suspects have been arrested, as it emerged the country's police chief had warned of an Islamic extremist plot to target 'prominent churches' just 10 days earlier, but no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Sri Lanka's defence ministry has now ordered curfew with immediate effect 'until further notice' while access to social media messaging services has been shut down.

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    Sri Lanka bombings: 207 dead, hundreds injured in church, hotel explosions on Easter Sunday
    The country is one of the most often attacked by terrorists.

    At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka when attackers unleashed an apparently coordinated series of suicide bombings that simultaneously targeted Christian churches and luxury hotels, and sent a wave a terror across the globe.

    The explosions took place miles apart, and the targets included three Christian churches holding Easter services and three hotels, some commonly used by Western tourists. In addition to those who were killed, at least 450 were wounded, according to officials with police, the Colombo Hospital, and St. Sebastian Church.

    Most of the explosions were detonated by suicide bombers, according to the Sri Lankan Defense Ministry.

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    Sri Lankan security personnel survey damage at St. Anthony's Shrine following an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019.


    At least 11 foreigners were confirmed killed in the attacks, including two victims who were dual citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom. One American was also among the missing, officials said.


    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Sunday that "several U.S. citizens were among those killed."

    All of the foreigners died in attacks on hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, an island nation off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean, according to the officials.

    President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the country in an early morning tweet from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is spending the Easter holiday.

    "The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka," the president tweeted. "We stand ready to help!

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement that "the United States condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that have claimed so many precious lives on this Easter Sunday."

    "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the more than 200 killed and hundreds of others wounded," Sanders said in the statement. "We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts."

    Eight simultaneous explosions erupted about 8:45 a.m. local time. Video from inside the St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a coastal city about 40 miles north of Colombo, showed the immediate aftermath a bombing there as worshipers who had just been praying for peace found themselves surrounded by devastation, death and chaos.

    (MORE: Sri Lanka bombings: World leaders, prominent figures condemn Easter Sunday bombings)
    There were about 500 people at the Easter Mass at St. Sebastian when the explosion took place, according to officials from the church. Parishioners, many bleeding, scrambled to carry severely injured people from the church, which was littered with overturned chairs, shattered glass and debris that had fallen from the ceiling.

    A statue in the sanctuary of Jesus Christ was left pockmarked and splashed with blood but remained standing.

    St. Anthony's Shrine, a Catholic church in Colombo, and Zion Church, in Batticaloa, were also attacked. Colombo is located on the western side of Sri Lanka, while Batticaloa is on the eastern shore about 200 miles from the capital.

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    Billionaire ASOS tycoon who is Scotland's biggest landowner loses three of his four children in Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks by Islamist terrorists that killed 290 people including eight Britons
    • Anders Holch Povlsen is the second largest private landowner in the UK and biggest shareholder in Asos
    • Has four children with wife Anne Storm, Alma, Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, but it is not known which have died
    • Previously said he planned to leave large estate to children so they could continue his rewilding project
    • At least 290 people were killed and 500 wounded after eight explosions rocked hotels and churches
    • The blasts, mostly around Colombo, have killed at least 39 foreigners including Britons and Americans
    • Eight British nationals, and two holding dual UK-US nationality, are among the dead, Sri Lankan officials said
    • Sri Lanka has blamed attack on National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), who were subject of intelligence warning

    Billionaire ASOS owner Anders Holch Povlsen has lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks on Easter Sunday that killed a total of 290 people.

    A spokesman for Povlsen, Denmark's richest man who also owns a huge estate in Scotland, confirmed the deaths but did not say which of his four children had been killed. The billionaire had been on holiday with his family for the Easter holidays but he, his partner, and one of his children survived.

    Just days before the devastating attacks, one of Povlsen's children, Alma, shared a holiday snap of her siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, next to a pool.

    Povlsen previously revealed he planned to leave his estate to his children so they could continue his 200-year vision for 'rewilding' the land long after he was gone.

    Sri Lankan officials have blamed a little-known Islamist group called National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the terrorist attacks, adding that the organisation had 'international help', raising fears that ISIS was involved.

    Islamist extremist material has been recovered from a hotel room allegedly used by the suspects in the Sri Lanka hotel bombings, MailOnline can reveal.

    The seven bombers co-ordinated their attacks targeting five-star hotels and churches on Easter Sunday in an apparent deliberate attempt to target westerners and Christians.

    Manisha Gunasekera, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, has said eight British nationals were killed in the attacks. In total 39 foreigners have been confirmed dead including two joint UK-US nationals and a number of Dutch, Turkish, Australian and Portuguese people.

    Also among the confirmed dead are a British BP lawyer, her 11-year-old son, and her daughter. Anita Nicholson was having breakfast with her family at the Shangri La hotel in Colombo when two suicide bombers walked in and blew themselves up.

    Another two British teenagers are feared to be among the dead, but this has not been confirmed.

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    Just days before the devastating attacks, one of Povlsen's children, Alma, shared a
    snap of her three siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, next to a pool. It is not yet
    known which of Povlsen's three children have died


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    Povlsen, 46, and Anne Storm Pedersen, pictured together left, met when Anne began working in sales for Bestseller. Brit Alex Nicholson, 11,
    was killed with his mother Anita, 42, pictured together right, as they ate breakfast in the Shangri La in Colombo

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    Seven suicide bombers killed at least 290 people in coordinated attacks on five-star hotels and churches on Easter Sunday. Pictured:
    the interior of St Sebastian's church in Negombo

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    A map showing where the eight blasts went off yesterday, six of them in very quick succession on Easter Sunday morning

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    Timeline: how the Sri Lanka attacks unfolded
    10.10am local time (05.40 BST): Reports from witnesses suggest that two churches in Sri Lanka have been hit by explosions as worshippers gather on Easter Sunday. The historic St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo and St Sebastian's Church in Negombo are among those reported to have been hit.

    10.50am: An unnamed security official suggests there have been six closely-timed attacks at three churches and three hotels and that suicide bombers may have been involved in at least two of the blasts.

    12.20pm: It is reported 129 people are dead and more than 500 have been taken to hospital after blasts at six sites, according to a Sri Lanka state-run newspaper.

    1.50pm: Sri Lanka's top military officials are brought together for an emergency meeting of the National Security Council. The meeting is called by prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has tweeted that 'the government is taking immediate steps to contain the situation'.

    3.45pm: Two more explosions take place, the first hitting a guesthouse in Dehiwala, in which at least two people died, and a second in the district of Dematagoda on Colombo's outskirts.

    5.20pm: It is reported that two police officers were killed during a swoop on suspects in Dematagoda.

    5.25pm: A 6pm to 6am national curfew is imposed by Sri Lanka's government. Sri Lankan Airlines tells passengers booked on flights out of the country that they will be able to fly despite the curfew. the government also locked down social media sites and messaging apps to avoid the spread of misinformation or incitements to violence.

    6.10pm: The number of victims from the blasts now stands at 207 people killed and 450 wounded, Sri Lankan police say.

    Officials say that seven suspects have been arrested.

    8.10pm (3.40pm British Summer Time) Five Britons including two people holding joint US and British citizenship were among those killed in the attacks, the country's foreign ministry said.

    9.30pm Police said 13 were arrested, all Sri Lankans.

    Monday - 1.05pm Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Manisha Gunasekera, said eight British nationals were killed in the attacks.

    2.15pm - Cabinet spokesperson says National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) are to blame for the attacks.

    2.25pm - Officials said 24 suspects are in custody for questioning.

    4.45pm - Sri Lanka's minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels, while another 28 were wounded.




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