Sri Lanka blasts death toll rises to 290
April 22nd, 2019 at 10:20 am
Sri Lanka blasts death toll rises to 290

International desk – The death toll in Sri Lanka has risen to 290 after blasts targeting Christian worshipers in churches and tourists in luxury hotels on Sunday, media reports said quoting local officials.

Police have detained 24 suspects, but could not determine who are the perpetrators of the deadly assaults. More than 500 people sustained injuries are undergoing treatments at different hospitals in Sri Lanka.

The world leaders have condemned the attacks, deadliest since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009.

In a latest development, air force personnel have recovered a bomb near the airport.

Police cordoned off the scene after the series of blasts at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka – photo from social media posts

At least eight blasts were reported on Sunday when the Christian were participating services on Easter, one of the major festivals of the minority community in Sri Lanka.

The first reports of explosions came at about 08:45 local time – with six blasts reported within a small space of time. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted.

Luxury hotels like Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand were also targeted in the capital Colombo. One blast hit near the zoo in Dehiwala, southern Colombo, and the eighth was reported near the Colombo district of Dematagoda during a police raid, killing three officers.

Most of those killed are thought to be Sri Lankan nationals, mainly the Christians. The foreign ministry said 36 foreigners are among the dead.    

According to BBC report, five of them are believed to be British citizens, including two having dual citizenship with US. Three Danish, one Portuguese, three Indian, two Turkish, one from Netherlands and one from Japan are among the dead.

One Bangladeshi national, according to officials in Dhaka, is injured while another one is missing. They are relatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.