Explosions in Sri Lanka: Church bombing Sri Lanka – here is how it all started, who is responsible for the Sri Lanka church attack.
Eight blasts rocked Sri Lanka Easter Sunday April 21, 2019, causing the death of at least 160 people, more than 500 other injured so far and causing the country police to declare curfew in Colombo today.
Explosions in Sri Lanka: Church bombing Sri Lanka – how it all started
The seventh blast near Colombo Zoo in Dehiwala killed two people in the capital.
The first six nearly simultaneous blasts had hit three churches and three five-star hotels during Easter mass.
The three Sri Lanka churches that were bombed were:
- 1. St Anthony’s Church in Colombo
- 2. St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo
- 3. A church in the eastern town of Batticaloa
The three Sri Lanka hotels that were bombed (five star hotels):
- 1. The Shangrila
- 2. The Cinnamon Grand
- 3. The Kingsbury
Sri Lanka police chief had warned of possible suicide attacks before Sunday blasts. These are the first major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.
Who is responsible for the bomb blast in SriLanka:
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka bombings yet in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.
Sri Lanka is mainly Buddhist with only around six percent Sri Lanka population – Catholic. The religion is however, seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.
Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddhist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christians.
A curfew has been imposed from 18:00 to 06:00 local time (12:30-00:30 GMT).
The government also said there would a temporary block on the use of major social media networks.