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1ClassyLady 68F
3120 posts
4/23/2019 12:25 am
Sri Lanka attack death toll rises to 290

A coordinated series of bombings ripped through churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, killing at least 290 people and injuring hundreds more.

Sri Lanka’s minority Christian community — which accounts for less than 10% of the country’s total population of 21.4 million — appeared to be the main target of the attacks.

Here's what we know so far:

What happened:

Eight explosions paralyzed the country on Sunday. They took place in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa.
Though it wasn’t immediately clear who was behind the eight explosions, Manisha Gunasekera, high commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK, said the blasts are “certainly acts of terror.”

The victims:

Most of the dead and injured were Sri Lankan. At least 39 tourists were killed, the country’s tourism minister said on Monday.
Eight victims were British citizens, two of whom held dual US-UK nationality; as well as three Indians, two Australians, two Chinese cousins, one person from the Netherlands, two Turkish citizens and one Portuguese national.

The aftermath:

Police have arrested 24 people in connection with the attacks.
Authorities have declared a state of emergency, and are conducting search and rescue operations. Tuesday will be a national day of mourning, and all schools nationwide are closed until Wednesday.
A social media blackout was enforced as authorities attempted to contain the violence and establish who carried out the attacks.
An island-wide curfew is being imposed from 8 p.m. (10 a.m. ET) until 4 a.m. (6 p.m. ET) local time for the second night in a row.

Honesty is the best policy.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
4/26/2019 10:51 am

ISIS flags and explosives found in Sri Lanka raids.

Sri Lankan security forces were involved in a shootout and seized bomb-making equipment during raids in the eastern part of the country Friday, as they searched for suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bombings.
A cache of explosives was seized from a house in Samanthurai, following a raid on intelligence information, police said. Security forces also found ISIS uniforms, flags, 150 sticks of explosive Gelignite, 100,000 ball bearings and a drone camera.
Three explosions were reported in nearby Kalmunai. Security forces exchanged fire during a security operation in the Sainda-Marudu area of the city, police said.
The raids came after the coordinated attacks on Easter Sunday, which killed 253 people, including many worshipers attending Easter Mass services.

National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ), a local extremist group, has been blamed for the bombings, but has not claimed the attacks. ISIS claimed responsibility, but a link between the attackers and the terror group has not been proven.

A video released by ISIS showed eight men purported to be the Sri Lankan attackers.
A news agency linked to ISIS released a video of the purported attackers, which showed them standing in front of a black ISIS banner.
Sri Lankan authorities have been attempting attempting root out any "sleeper" cells who could initiate another round of attacks, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told CNN on Thursday.
On Friday, Sri Lanka's President announced a "major search operation" in Sri Lanka.

"Every household in the country will be checked," President Maithripala Sirisena told a press conference according to a statement. "The lists of permanent residents of every house will be established to ensure no unknown persons could live anywhere."

The heightened tensions have put Sri Lankans on edge.

Catholic Sunday masses have been suspended "until further notice" in Sri Lanka, the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith announced on Friday. He said the move will ensure the safety of the worshipers, and that the church "will try to introduce some services" once better security was in place.

The government urged Muslims not to stay at home for Friday prayers, and many mosques were closed. However, some mosques defied the call, opening for the midday prayers.

Both Christianity and Islam are minority religions in Sri Lanka, each accounting for under 10% of the total population. The vast majority of Sri Lankans identify as Buddhist.

Honesty is the best policy.

kujo007 34M
1 post
4/24/2019 2:46 pm

hmmm its just crazy827

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
4/23/2019 10:56 am

We should have "Freedom of Religion". No one can take away another person's life because of the different belief. This violence is preposterous.

Honesty is the best policy.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
4/23/2019 1:00 am

Any religion to the extreme, use violence to repel other religions should be condemned. They even use "human body suicide bombers" at 8 locations chose the Sunday Easter Day to blast foreign Christians. This is religion hatred.

Although I am an Atheist now, but I once a Catholic, a Christian, an agonist, I don't have hatred to other religion or go out to destroy temples, churches, Synagogue, ... or bomb people with different beliefs. Those suicide bombers are insane. What are they thinking? They are radical extremists. They think if they k*ll other religion people, they could go to Heaven??? This is absurd.

Honesty is the best policy.