Easter day bomb blasts a three at three Sri Lankan churches and hotels in and around of Colombo, Sri Lanka following a lull in major attacks since the end of civil war against 10 years ago. The Sri Lankan government has called an emergency meeting where the Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, said in a tweet. “Emergency meeting called in a few minutes. Rescue operations underway,” he tweeted.
The Sri Lankan Government believes that a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks which killed nearly 300 people says Rajitha senaratne who is the spokesperson of Government and also a Cabinet Minister adding that government was investigating whether the group had international support.
Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and injured more than 500 says an investigator adding that two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo seafront said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government’s forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels.
It is not clear that how the attacks were carried out in the fourth hotel in a suburb of the capital Colombo was also targeted still the investigations were going on and there was no claim of responsibility for the Easter attacks which mainly took place near the church services and hotels when the guests were sitting down.
The President, Maithripala Sirisena says that the country will seek foreign assistance to track the international links, where the Prime Minister acknowledged that government had some prior information about possible attacks on churches involving a little known local Islamic group.
Most of the dead and wounded were Sri Lankans although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, U.S., Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals and the Sri Lankan military, who were clearing the route from Colombo airport late on Sunday in preparation for the return of President Sirisena from an overseas visit, found a crude bomb near the departure gate, an air force spokesman said.