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BREAKING: 156 Killed & More Than 400 Injured in Sri Lanka after a Series of Bombings Targeted Easter Services - WORLD OF BUZZ 1
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This was supposed to be a holy day for Christians celebrating Easter, but it turned into tragedy when a series of explosions hit three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

According to CNN, a series of explosions has rocked the country of Sri Lanka when coordinated bombings happened across several churches and high-end hotels today (21 April 2019).

As of right now, 156 people have been killed according to the AFP, with more than 400 injured as the local authorities are still scouring to mitigate the damage done by the attack. 35 out of the 156 killed were foreigners. No Malaysian is reported to be affected by the attacks as of this time.

 

BREAKING: Sri Lanka Explosion - WORLD OF BUZZ
Source: Twitter

BREAKING: 156 Killed & More Than 400 Injured in Sri Lanka after a Series of Bombings Targeted Easter Services - WORLD OF BUZZ
Source: The Star

The blasts reportedly happened at churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa and targeted worshippers as they attended Easter services. Today is a holy day for Christians all over the world, and that seems to be the reason for the attacks, but no one has taken responsibility for the bombings as of yet.

 

Three hotels within Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo – The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel – were also attacked with bombings as reported by the Guardian.

Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution visited the Kochchikade church and reported devastating scenes via Twitter here:

He also confirmed that the heads of Sri Lankan Army, Navy and Air Force have convened for an emergency meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other ministers in the cabinet.

Meanwhile, the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena subsequently released a statement address to the nation saying that he strongly condemns the cowardly attack on the Sri Lankan people today.

He further urges the Sri Lankan people to remain united and strong and to avoid propagating false reports and speculation. Sirisena reassures that his government is taking immediate steps to contain the situation.

Update: A seventh and eight explosion was confirmed to have occurred at a hotel in front of the Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia nearby Colombo as well as at a house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda, where a fire was also reported.

Sri Lanka Defence Minister, Ruwan Wijewardene announced that stern action will be taken to stop the activity of all extremist groups in the country.

 

 

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President has announced that the country will impose an island-wide curfew starting Sunday from 6pm local time finishing at 6am local time on Monday morning, as reported by CNN.

We will further update you with any developments on this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sri Lanka!

 

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