Colombo, April 21: After eight deadly serial blasts rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday, the Presidential Secretariat announced a nationwide curfew in the island nation from 6 pm on Sunday to 6 am on Monday. Also, the Sri Lankan government has announced a two-day holiday for schools on April 22 and April 23 as a precautionary measure in wake of the terror attacks in the country. The Sri Lankan government has temporarily suspended access to all major social media and messaging services including WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber and YouTube. Sri Lanka Blasts: Names Of Churches And Hotels That Were Attacked On Easter Sunday.
Security has been tightened across the island nation. In the wake of the attacks that rocked the nation, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe held an emergency meeting to review situation. He requested people of the nation to remain calm and united in time of grief. No one claimed responsibility for the bloodbath but reports inform that ISI may be behind the terror attack. A report by IANS quoted AFP saying that Sri Lankan Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara had issued a nationwide alert 10 days ago warning that suicide bombers planned to hit prominent Catholic churches. Serial Blasts In Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, Churches And Hotels Hit; Nearly 190 Dead.
Over 190 people have been killed and more than 400 injured when bombs exploded in four luxury hotels and three churches in Sri Lanka. The deadly attacks that took place on Easter Sunday is probably the island's bloodiest day since the civil war ended a decade ago. Authorities said that 35 foreigners were among the dead but their nationalities were not immediately known. Two More Blasts In Sri Lanka, Explosions In Dehiwala And Dematagoda.
The mayhem began in the morning at the St Anthony's Shrine at Kochchikade in Colombo when hundreds were gathered for the Easter Mass. Within half an hour, similar explosions ripped through the St Sebastian's Church in Negombo and the Zion Church in the eastern district of Batticaloa and later at four luxury hotels in the capital city.