Thirteen arrests after attacks in Sri Lanka, death toll rises to 262

In Sri Lanka in connection with the attacks from Sunday morning thirteen people arrested. Sunday night there was an explosive found on the airport of the capital, Colombo. This explosive is rendered harmless. Reports that the Sri Lankan police to the site Newsfirst.

In short:

  • Sure 262 kill
  • 452 wounded reported
  • Certainly one Dutch dead confirmed
  • Three roman catholic churches and three five-star hotels hit
  • Attacks, not yet claimed
  • Thirteen arrests made

In total, there were Sunday in Sri Lanka eight attacks. This fell certainly 262 dead, among whom a 54-year-old Dutch woman, and 452 injured. The fallen Dutch was living in another country, but not in Sri Lanka.

Earlier, on Sunday, all seven people arrested in a police raid. This death of three agents as a result of a suicide bombing.

At the airport of Colombo, it was Sunday night also an explosive found. This explosive is immediately rendered harmless. This fell down for no known injuries.


Summary: Sri Lanka hit by bloody attacks

Certainly 35 foreign victims

According to the National Hospital in Colombo, there are certainly 35 foreign victims cases. This is reported in the Sri Lankan news site Newsfirst. The foreigners who in the attacks were killed, are from Denmark, China, the United States, Japan, Pakistan, Morocco, India and Bangladesh.

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.

282 Dutch reported securely via

The Red Cross had the website Sunday morning opened up, so that the Dutch in Sri Lanka, their neighbors can let you know how they make it.

Conversely, can the home front focused on name search for family or friends who are in the affected area. There were the same after 20: 00 282 matches: people in Sri Lanka were present that to all of their neighbors were to know in order to.

The site open major disasters and calamities, to the communication in often chaotic situations easier.


Special unit incursion into Sri Lankan house after attacks

First explosions around 10: 00 reported

The first explosions in Sri Lanka were around 10.00 pm local time (6.30 pm Dutch time) reported. These attacks took place in a church in the district of Katuwapitiya in Negombo, north of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

Also in churches in Kochchikade, on the west coast, and Batticaloa, on the east coast, went explosives. Because Easter was busy in the churches.

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. At which place the explosions in the other hotels took place, is not yet known.


Explosion in Sri Lankan church with dashcam captured

Later there was a suicide attack place as a result of a police raid. This death of three agents

Travel advice Sri Lanka custom

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 airport is open, but according to the ministry, one must be four hours before departure.

Finally, there is in Sri Lanka, a curfew. This means that nobody between six o’clock in the evening and six o’clock in the morning on the street.

The ministry also has an emergency telephone number open for questions about the attacks.

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.

Prime minister of Sri Lanka: there were clues before the attacks

The Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe admitted that the government indeed has advance information about the attacks had. The information would not be shared with ministers.

Premier Wickremsinghe said that there was not sufficient response to the attacks. Also, he talked about a study that is set to determine how the crucial information is exactly used.

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This we know about the attacks in Sri Lanka

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