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At least 207 dead in attacks in Sri Lanka, among whom one Dutchman

At eight attacks on three churches and several hotels in Sri Lanka are Sunday morning at least 207 people to the life and 450 people injured. Among the victims are nine to thirty foreigners, among whom at least one Dutchman. That confirms minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs.

In short

  • Explosions at three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa
  • Also explosions in the three luxury hotels, Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury in Colombo
  • Hours later, two more attacks, in Dematagoda and Dehiwela
  • Sure 207 dead and 450 wounded
  • 9 to 30 foreign victims, at least one Dutchman
  • 7 suspects arrested, the authorities speak of “terror”,
  • Attacks, not yet claimed
  • Travel advice to Sri Lanka tightened
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At the moment, five foreign victims identified, including Two turks, two Chinese and one Dutch. Report that the Sri Lankan authorities. The latter victim concerns a 54-year-old woman who died in the explosion in one of the hotels. She was living in another country, but not in Sri Lanka, says minister Block.

Or more people affected by the attacks, is yet unknown. The industry association, the General Dutch Association of Reisondernemingen (ANVR) reports in any case that there are no victims in any of the connected travel agents including TUI and Thomas Cook.

Below you can view the locations of the explosions:

First explosions around 10: 00 reported

The first news about the explosions came within around 10: 00 local time (6.30 pm Dutch time).

The attacks took place in a church in the district of Katuwapitiya in Negombo, north of Colombo. According to the local police fell only there for fifty dead, reports Reuters news agency. Also in churches in Kochchikade, on the west coast, and Batticaloa, on the east coast, went explosives. Because Easter was busy in the churches.

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Explosion in Sri Lankan church with dashcam captured

Wounded to various hospitals brought

Also in three hotels in the centre of Colombo were explosives. The attacks are reported in the hotels, Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand. In which hotels would a lot of foreign tourists stay.

In Cinnamon Grand was an explosive in the restaurant on the ground floor, so please notify the hotel via Twitter. Where the explosions in the other hotels took place, is not yet known.

The wounded to various hospitals in the capital, Colombo. The authorities have called to donate blood.

Two attacks to take Sri Lanka

A few hours after the first six attacks took according to the authorities, a seventh explosion took place in Dehiwela near Colombo. This attack would have at least two people’s lives have cost, according to the Sri Lankan transmitter Newsfirst. The explosion took place in a hotel near the national zoo. That was immediately after the explosion and closed.

The eighth and final explosion, followed not long after. In the suburb of Dematagoda in Colombo, three agents killed by a suicide bomber. That happened during a police raid following the attacks earlier that day. Seven persons were held. Reports that the Sri Lankan minister of Defence.

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Angry crowd harasses arrested man in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities speak of ‘terrorist act’

The attacks are not yet claimed, but the Sri Lankan authorities speak of a “terrorist act” that “extremist groups” would be responsible. Reports that the Sri Lankan minister of Defence.

The National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) would the attacks have been planned. NTJ is a group of radical muslims who last year was responsible for the destruction of buddhist statues. The police would be ten days ago nationwide have warned of attacks on important churches.

Sri Lankan government takes security measures

Following the series of attacks, the Sri Lankan government Sunday a curfew from 18.00 to Monday 6.00 am local time.

All public schools go two days close. Also, the authorities have the main social media blocked, which they want to avoid that unfounded rumors have a life of their own.

Sri Lankan soldiers secure the area around the affected church in Kochchikade. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ministry fits travel advice to Sri Lanka

The ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands has Sunday morning the travel advisory to Sri Lanka has tightened because of “security risks”.

The ministry advises people in Sri Lanka are in the vicinity of the attacks to be avoided and the instructions of the local authorities to follow. Also, should tourists consider extra security measures around the airport.

The ministry has an emergency telephone number open for questions about the attacks. On the website Ikbenveilig.nl of the Red Cross, the Dutch can themselves safe report for their neighbors.

A military state for the affected Shangri-La Hotel. ()

Authorities respond shocked at attacks

The prime minister of Sri Lanka Ranil minister wickremasinghe has the “dastardly attacks” on the churches and hotels in his country condemned.

I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.

AvatarAuteurRW_UNPMoment of plaatsen06:46 – april 21, 2019

International heads of state, heads of government and pope Francis unanimous startled, responded to the news about the attacks on Sri Lanka. Among others, the British prime minister, Theresa May, the German chancellor Angela Merkel and Us president, Donald Trump said live with it.

Minister-president Mark Rutte responded via Twitter to the news: “Terrible messages from Sri Lanka about the bloody attacks on hotels and churches on this Easter Sunday. Thoughts are with the victims and their relatives.”

Pope Francis spoke during his paastoespraak Sunday of “cruel violence” and declared that he was committed to feel with the victims who “grief and pain” are a hit with Easter.

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Pope expresses condolences to victims in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a christian minority

Easter is an important holiday within christianity. Sri Lanka has a christian minority, of mainly roman catholics. The number of catholics is estimated at 1.2 million of the total population of about 21 million inhabitants.

The majority of the inhabitants of Sri Lanka is buddhist, approximately 70 percent. About 12 percent are hindu and 10 percent muslim.

Last year there were 86 reports of discrimination, threats and violence against christians, says the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), which has more than two hundred churches represents in the country.

The attacks follow ten years after the termination of a long-standing civil war in Sri Lanka. The ethnic minority Tamil picked up in 1983, the weapons in their pursuit of an independent state on the island in the Indian Ocean. A bloody civil war followed in which tens of thousands of people died. The war lasted until 2009.

An explosion was reported at the premises of the St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade Colombo #lka

AvatarAuteuraashikchinMoment of plaatsen03:59 – 21 april 2019

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