Sri Lanka Bomb Blasts Killed Hundreds
On the Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka Bomb Blasts killed hundreds. The blast killed 290 people in churches and hotels which led the country of 21 million people affected. Although it is still not clear as to who is behind the eight explosions. But according to Manisha Gunasekera, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka it is certainly an act of terror.
A warning was given to an intelligence memo for the attack. It was circulated 10 days prior to the Easter but the preventive measures still failed. Many questions are arising on this as to why this was ignored.
How Attacks Took Place
The first attack took place during the Easter services at the churches of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa.
The next wave was seen at the three luxury hotels. These were in the capital city of Colombo: The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury. According to ‘The Shangri La, Colombo’, the attack took place at the hotel’s Table One Café at 9:00 am local time. The other blast was at the hotel, which is in front of the Dehiwala Zoo, Mount Lavinia. The last blast was at a private house in Mahawila gardens, Dematagoda. This was during a raid which had connections with the attacks. Three police officers were also killed in this attack.
The eight sights where attacks took place were:
- Anthony’s Shrine, Colombo
- Sebastian’s Church, Negombo
- Zion Church, Batticaloa
- Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
- Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
- The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
- Near Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
- A house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda
Till now there is no claim of responsibility by any terror group. But according to Harsha de Silva, Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution seven people were arrested.
The bomb blast blew out the roofs of the churches and killed worshippers and hotel guests. The explosion killed hundreds of people who came to the church for Easter Sunday.
Gunasekara said, “This is an attack against the whole of Sri Lanka because Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural country, and the whole country comes together in celebration of Easter Sunday”.
Aftermath of Bomb Blast
After the attack, the Sri Lankan government blocked all the social media sites until the investigation. Curfew is also imposed in the country from Sunday until Monday morning. This led to the empty streets with no hustle bustle in the city.