- Apr 21, 2019
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Full Details of the Easter Sunday explosions
05.52 (22nd April 2019) 8 bomb blasts rocked Sri Lanka to its core on Sunday (April 21), a day on which the Christian population of the country was celebrating Easter. The coordinated attacks took place around 8.45am. Curfew was declared last afternoon and is to be lifted at 6 am, according to the Police spokesperson.
Current death toll: 290
The number of injured: 500
8 explosions were reported yesterday
- Katuwapitiya Church
- Kochikade Church
- Church in Batticaloa
- Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
- Cinnamon Grand hotel
- Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
23.31: Bomb diffused near BIA by Airforce
An Improvised explosive device (IED) which was discovered in close proximity to the Bandaranayake International Airport has been successfully diffused by the Sri Lanka Airforce.
21.22: Van used to transport attackers arrested
According to a release issued by the Police Headquarters, officers attached to the Wellawatte police have apprehended a van and a driver believed to have been used to transport the suspects that carried out the bombings in Colombo today.
21.22: Police have also uncovered details regarding a house in the Sarikkamulla (Panadura Nort Police division) which is believed to have been used by several suspects as a temporary shelter. Investigations are continuing.
21.11: Government was aware of the attack, adequate precautions were not taken – PM
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe making a special statement in Colombo a short while ago notes that the government was aware of information regarding a possible attack and that adequate precautions were not taken to prevent the attack.
Among the victims are nationals of; USA, Denmark, China, Japan, Pakistan, Morocco, India, and Bangladesh – National Hospital Spokesperson,
17.30: Police Media Spokesperson notes that they are unable to provide details on the number of victims from each of the explosion locations in Colombo. The explosion in Dematagoda took place when CCD officers investigating the hotel bombings tracked down a suspect to a house in Mahavila Patumaga, Dematagoda.
Curfew has been extended until further notice. Special hotlines have been set up for information.Police: 011 2 322 485
For information on tourists: 011 2 323 015
17.20: Total death toll: 215 | Injured: 450
17.00: 7 individuals have been arrested in connection to the explosions across the country.
16.35: All state Universities have been closed until further notice.
16.18: All night-mail trains have been suspended – Railways Department.
16.11: Four examinations that were scheduled to be held tomorrow by the Dept. of Education have been postponed
15.45: Three police officers killed in the Dematagoda explosion – Reporter.
15.33: Search operations are underway at a house in close proximity to the blast-site in Dematagoda following a tip-off that there are more explosives at the location.
15.27: Curfew declared with immediate effect – Police Media Spokesperson
15.10: Suspicious parcel found in Jampettah street. Bomb disposal unit on the way.
14.47: Curfew declared across the country from 6 pm today to 6 am tomorrow April 22nd and 23rd declared government holidays – Presidential Secretary.
14.47: Explosion in Dematagoda reported from a housing complex in Mahavila Udyana Road
14.44: Explosion reported in Dematagoda – Police
14.42: State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijeywardene says that they hope to declare curfew tonight. He noted that armed forces will crack down on all extremist forces in the country adding that they have no place in the country.
While assuring that security has been tightened around the country, the state minister vowed to bring those responsible before the law.
13.08: UPDATE: All easter masses in the Colombo District have been canceled by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo
12.59: UPDATE: Press release by the Department of Government Information: The Government wishes to express its deepest condolence on the deaths and damages caused by the bomb explosions reported in Colombo and several other parts of the Country.
11.51am – Tomorrow and the day after declared holidays for all Government schools – Min. Akila Viraj
– Colombo explosions: 40 dead, 295 injured (National Hospital Director)
– Katuwapitiya: 93 dead
– Batticaloa: 27 dead, 73 injured
11:45 am – The death toll from the 6 explosions around the country has crossed 100.
National Blood Transfusion Service requests the general public to donate blood due to an increase in demand following this morning’s multiple explosions
11: 15 am – UPDATE
Shangri La hotel (02 explosions)
Cinnamon Grand Hotel
A church in Batticaloa
DEATH TOLL –
Katuwapitiya: 50 dead
Batticaloa – 25 dead / 75 injured
National Hospital – 24 dead
10:11 am – Explosion at the Kochikade Church took place at around 8.30am when mass was being held.
10:05 am – Explosion reported at the Kingsbury hotel
09:51 am – BREAKING NEWS: 5 explosions reported – Police