Here's What to Know About the Easter Sunday Blasts in Sri Lanka

Time | 4/21/2019 | Staff
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Scores of people have been killed and hundreds wounded in a series of blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Explosions have occurred in the capital Colombo, as well as in a town north of the capital and a town on the east coast. Churches, hotels, and a housing development were targeted. Nobody has claimed responsibility so far.

What are the casualty figures?

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Officials in Sri Lanka say at least 207 people have been killed, according to the Associated Press, and 450 have been wounded.

The BBC reports that several foreign nationals are among the dead. According to AFP, as many as 35 foreigners may have died.

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China’s state media says one victim was a Chinese citizen and Portugal’s Ministry of Foreign Affair has said a Portuguese citizen died in the attack, according to the AP. Additionally, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok confirmed on Twitter that one victim was a Dutch citizen.

Where did the explosions take place?

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Four explosions took place in Colombo, one at St. Anthony’s Shrine and three at hotels, reported by the BBC to be the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels. The Cinnamon Grand is near the official residence of Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

AP reports that explosions also occurred in St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a town north of Colombo that is home to many Catholics, and in the eastern town of Batticaloa at the Zion Church.

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AFP reported that a seventh blast took place at approximately 04:50 ET killing two more people. CNN reported that the blast occurred at a guest house in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, outside of Colombo.

Local media reported that an eight blast took place at around 05:10 ET at a housing project in Dematagoda, a suburb of Sri Lanka. A Reuters journalist in Colombo said three police officers were killed in the blast.


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