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Sri Lanka bomb blasts updates: UN chief condemns terror attack; three Indian nationals killed, says Sushma Swaraj

Sri Lanka blasts live updates: The Kerala Chief Minister's office said that an Indian national was killed in the serial blasts that took place in Sri Lanka. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has extended assistance to the deceased's family, according to media reports.

FP Staff April 21, 2019 23:02:33 IST
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Sri Lanka bomb blasts updates: UN chief condemns terror attack; three Indian nationals killed, says Sushma Swaraj

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Ram Nath Kovind condemns 'senseless violence aimed at innocent people'

President Ram Nath Kovind also condemned the explosions in Sri Lanka. "India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country. Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka"

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Leader of Opposition Sampanthan calls for perpetrators to be 'brought before law'
 
The Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament, Sampanthan said that he was "deeply saddened" by the "cowardly attacks. He said, "I urge His Excellency the President and The Prime Minister to take necessary steps to identify the preparators of these crimes and to bring them before the law.."
 
He also appealed for solidarity for the families of the victims in Easter Sunday's attack. "I call upon all people of this country to come together and stand in solidarity with those who have lost their loved ones in these cowardly and tragic attacks. Let us stay together and be strong so that these extremists will not be able to take this country backwards."
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Police advises public to stay away from explosion sites 

The Sri Lanka Police spokesperson in a press briefing noted that crowds were gathering at the various blast sites. However, this was impeding rescue operations, said. He also warned against gathering at the sites because areas are still at risk. He requested the public to cooperate with emergency responders.

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Apr 21, 2019 - 22:43 (IST)

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New York City police tighten security measures in city

"Authorities will make periodic visits to all houses of worship, giving special attention to those with Easter services," The Associated Press quoted NYPD spokesperson Sgt Brendan Ryan as saying.

Apr 21, 2019 - 22:00 (IST)

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UN stands in solidarity with Sri Lanka: Antonio Guterres

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Muslim groups in Sri Lanka condemn attacks

According to The Associated Press, The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said that it "mourns the loss of innocent people in the blasts by extremists who seek to divide religious and ethnic groups."

The All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama, a body of Muslim clerics, said the targeting of Christian places of worship could not be accepted.

Muslims make up around 10 percent of Sri Lanka's population of 23 million.

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Barack Obama calls the blasts in Sri Lanka 'an attack on humanity'

Apr 21, 2019 - 20:25 (IST)

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India ready to provide all humanitarian assistance: Sushma Swaraj

"I have just spoken to the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka H.E. Mr Tilak Marapana. He confirmed that unfortunately, 207 persons have lost their lives and more than 450 are injured in the terror blasts," said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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Sushma Swaraj tweets out helpline numbers for assistance in Colombo

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Razeena, Colombo blast victim from Kerala

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Parties in Tamil Nadu condemn the blasts in Sri Lanka

Political parties in Tamil Nadu condemned the near-simultaneous blasts in Sri Lanka which left over 160 people dead and said Tamil people were also hit in the dastardly explosions.

The ruling AIADMK said the blasts have brought indescribable grief and made one shudder at the merciless act carried out when innocent people had gathered to offer prayers.

"We strongly condemn the blasts," the party said in a statement, adding that they took place in areas that had a large population of Tamil Christians.

Conveying their condolences, party top leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami, said they prayed to the Almighty to strengthen the bereaved to bear with the grief.

"We pray for the brothers and sisters who were killed and for the early recovery of all those injured," they said.

DMK president MK Stalin, in a statement, said the trend of targeting places of worship in several countries - like in New Zealand where an attack took place recently - was a big challenge to humanism that should be thwarted by humanitarian forces. — PTI

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Telangana CM expresses shock over terror attack

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao expressed shock over the loss of innocent lives in the serial blasts at multiple locations in Sri Lanka, and said it was an heinous attack.

Rao, in an official press release here, conveyed his condolences to the bereaved and hoped for speedy recovery of the injured. — PTI

Sri Lanka blasts LATEST updates: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that three Indian nationals had died in the blasts in Sri Lanka. She also said that India is ready to provide all humanitarian assistance to Colombo.

The Kerala Chief Minister's office said that an Indian national was killed in the serial blasts that took place in Sri Lanka. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has extended assistance to the deceased's family, according to media reports.

A 58-year-old woman from Kerala’s northern district of Kasargod was killed in the bomb blast in Colombo. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that the woman identified as PS Raseena was one of the victims at Shangri la hotel.

He said in a Facebook post that the government had taken steps to bring her body to her native place at Mogral Puthur. He said that senior officials of the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs department are in touch with her relatives and the Indian High Commissioner at Colombo in this regard.

As the toll rose to 207, the Sri Lankan government said that the explosions on Sunday morning appeared to be a result of suicide bombings carried out by one group.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday condemned a wave of bombings against Sri Lankan churches and tourist spots.

Merkel urged that the "religious hate and intolerance" that have showed themselves in such a terrible way today must not win"."It is shocking that people who gathered to celebrate Easter together were consciously targeted in this malicious attack," Merkel said in a condolence telegram published by a spokeswoman on Twitter.

Macron said that "Full solidarity with the Sri Lanka people and our thoughts for all those close to the victims this Easter."

The eighth blast that occurred in the afternoon in Sri Lanka's Colombo has killed three, AFP reported. The report quoted police as saying that the eighth was a suicide bomb.

 An eight blast has been reported from Colombo's Orugodawatta, however, no casualties have been reported so far.

A new blast hit the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Sunday, police said, the eighth explosion in the country in a single day. Police said the blast hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of the capital, but there were no further details on what was targeted.

Nearly 160 people have been confirmed dead so far in the string of attacks targeting hotels and churches.

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said that an Islandwide curfew might be imposed until safety is assured. The minister also said that all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure safety of public.

The nature of the blasts was not immediately clear and there were no claims of responsibility so far, but documents seen by AFP show that Sri Lanka's police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches".

"A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama'ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo," the alert said.

A seventh blast has been reported in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. Two people have died in this incident, taking the toll to 156.

In a bid to curb fake news and rumor-mongering, the Sri Lankan government is contemplating blocking WhatsApp and Viber. Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena is likely to pass an order regarding the same.

The toll in the explosions that occurred across Sri Lanka on Sunday morning has risen to 141, reports said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the blast and said that there was "no place for such barbarism in our region". He added, "India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured."

Easter breakfast celebrations were underway in the three hotels the explosions occurred, reporters said. Toll rises to 141, sources said. A curfew is likely to be imposed.

Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted after six explosions rocked the country on Sunday morning, as blasts occurred in three churches and three five-star hotels. He said,"I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today."

At latest count, 138 people have been killed in the series of explosions across Sri Lanka on Sunday morning. Sources said that there were 62 casualties in Negombo, while 42 people had died at the National Hospital. In Batticaloa there were 27 casualties reported while Colombo North reported 7 people dead.

At least 52 people were killed in Sri Lanka on Sunday, police told AFP, when a string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services.

A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 42 people were killed in Colombo, where three hotels and a church were hit. Another 10 people were confirmed dead in the town of Batticaloa, in the east of the country, where another church was targeted.

There were also reports of casualties in a blast at a church north of the capital and the toll was expected to rise. The nature of the blasts was not immediately clear and there were no immediate claims of responsibility.

President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation in view of the series of explosions that hit Sri Lanka on Sunday morning. Three chruches and three five-star hotels were targeted. Sirisena appealed for calm and said that all security personnel has been deployed to investigate the incident.

The Sri Lankan information department has issued a statement warning against spreading rumors about the incident.

An emergency meeting has been called by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in view of the blast and 200 troops of Army have been deployed in the affected area.

At least 40 people are dead and over 260 have been injured in the series of six explosions in Colombo on Sunday morning, sources in the Colombo National Hospital said. Several injured people have been admitted to the hospital.

Sri Lanka was rocked by multiple explosions on Sunday morning targeting three churches, two in Kochchikade and Katana in Colombo and the third in Batticaloa, in the Eastern Province of the country during Easter mass. Meanwhile, explosions were also reported at two five-star hotels in Colombo.

The churches hit were in the north of the capital, and the town of Negombo, just outside Colombo, News18 reported.

One of the explosions was a St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade of the capital, Colombo. Another church in Katuwapitiya, Katana was also hit. According to local reports, another explosion was reported at a church in Batticaloa.

Explosions were reported at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel and Cinnamon Grand in Colombo today, according to local reports.

It was not immediately clear if the blasts had caused casualties. At least 80 people have been injured in two blasts at churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter Sunday services, AFP reported.

"Eighty people have already been admitted, and more are still coming in," an official at the Colombo National Hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity.

With inputs from AFP

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