Easter Sunday turned bloody in Sri Lanka after 8 bombings devastated the country.
How many victims?
At last count, almost 300 people have been killed and nearly 500 injured.
- 3 churches spread across Batticaloa, Kochchikade and Negombo.
- 3 luxury hotels in Colombo; The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury.
- A hotel in front of Dehiwala Zoo.
- A house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda.
The sites of the Sri Lanka blasts on Sunday included:
– Three churches in separate cities
– Three hotels in Colombo
– A hotel in front of Dehiwala Zoo
– A house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagodahttps://t.co/mn7dHIQzgc pic.twitter.com/PtGZ6kF1bK
— CNN International (@cnni) April 22, 2019
Who is responsible?
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but authorities have detained at least 24 people as part of the investigation.
How are people responding?
Leaders from all around the world have been mourning over this tragedy.
Among them Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah,
Malaysians from all walks of life too are feeling sad and mourning all over Social Media, with a hashtag supporting Sri Lankan’s #prayforsrilanka garnering over 20,000 posts so far.
1. RT.com, April 22, 2019 (Terrorists ‘continue plotting attacks’ on Sri Lanka tourist spots, US State Dept warns)
2. Malay Mail, April 21, 2019 (Easter Day bombs kill 138 in attacks on Sri Lankan churches, hotels)
3. CNN World +, April 21, 2019 (Bombs tear through Sri Lankan churches and hotels, killing more than 200 people)