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Sri Lanka blast toll 207,27 victims are foreigners

Sri Lankan police has arrested seven suspects for their involvement in the serial blasts across the country.

Six bomb blasts targeted three five-star hotels in Colombo and three churches across the country. The explosions hit St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and other two churches in Negombo and Batticaloa. Another explosion was reported in the suburb of Colombo.

Sri Lanka, the death toll from a series of bomb explosions targeting churches and five-star hotels has reached 207. Twenty-seven foreigners are among the dead.

Curfew has been imposed in the country. A police spokesman said the curfew will remain effective till further notice. The government has also imposed a ban on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook to avoid rumours.

Six bomb blasts targeted three five-star hotels in Colombo and three churches across the country. The explosions hit St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and other two churches in Negombo and Batticaloa. Another explosion was reported in the suburb of Colombo.

The attacks happened around 9 AM when the churches were organising Easter mass while services were organized at the hotels. No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe held an emergency meeting to review the situation and requested general public to remain calm and united. This is the biggest such attack in Sri Lanka since the war against LTTE ended in 2009.

Sri Lankan police has arrested seven suspects for their involvement in the serial blasts across the country. The police said initial investigations show some of the attacks could have been carried by suicide bombers. Detailed investigations are on.

State Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, but added that no one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

 

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