Easter Sunday Terror: 290 Dead and 500 Injured – Americans Among Victims
This is so tragic and on such a Holy day Easter Sunday. What happened in Sri Lanka is a coordinated attack and a reminder to everyone that terrorists are still at war with us.
The U.S. State Department confirmed in a statement that “several U.S. citizens were among those killed” in the explosions, though details were still emerging. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on to condemn the Easter morning “terror attacks.”
The State Dept confirms that several US citizens were killed in Sri Lanka. Full statement here: pic.twitter.com/BQt7JWYcsD
— Michele Kelemen (@michelekelemen) April 21, 2019
LIVE: These are the latest (updated hourly at DailyMirror.Lk):
09:49 During a Cordon and Search carried out by the Sri Lanka Air Force today, 152 ammunitions and 8 ammo cases had been found at the Kahagolla area.
09:23 The death toll for the Easter Sunday terror attacks has risen to 290 by Monday morning with 500 have been injured, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.
He said 24 suspects are currently in the CID custody.
17:30 The death toll for the Easter Sunday terror attacks has risen to 207 with 450 reported to have been injured, police said.
Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said 66 bodies were placed at the National Hospital while 260 injured were receiving treatment there and 104 bodies were placed at the Negombo Hospital and 100 injured were receiving treatment at the Hospital.
Meanwhile, speaking to the Daily Mirror, Director of the National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe said eleven foreign nationals from Poland, Denmark, China, Japan, Pakistan, USA, India, Morocco and Bangladesh are among the dead at the National Hospital.
The Director also said that 30 individuals were admitted to the Colombo North Hospital with injuries, while 69 were admitted to the Batticaloa Hospital, 55 at the Negombo hospital and 14 injured children were admitted to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
15:10 The government has decided to temporarily block social media sites including Facebook and Instagram. Presidential Secretariat said in a statement that the decision to block social media was taken as false news reports were spreading through social media.
15:03 Another explosion was reported close to a housing complex at Dematogoda a short while ago, police said.
15:00 President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to impose police curfew across the island with effect from 6.00 p.m. today until 6.00 a.m. tomorrow, President’s Secretary Udara R. Seneviratne said.
14:30 All 6 blasts which occurred early this morning were a result of suicide bombers; initial investigations have revealed. The Daily Mirror learns that investigations thus far have revealed that two people had checked into room number 616 of the Shangri-La Hotel on April 20, 2019.
14:21 Another explosion was reported a short while ago near the zoo in Dehiwala, police said. Two people were killed in the explosion.
13:02 Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said it was absolutely barbaric to see violent attacks on such a holy day and that whoever is behind these attacks must be dealt with immediately.