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Indian TV News Report on the Islamic Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka
Gates of Vienna ^ | 22 Apr, 2019 | Baron Bodissey

Posted on 04/22/2019 9:08:19 PM PDT by MtnClimber

English is the common tongue in polyglot India, which means that Indian newspaper and TV reports are often accessible to the rest of the Anglosphere. That’s particularly useful during a major news event in the region, such as yesterday’s terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka.

In this case it’s even more useful, since unlike major media outlets in Europe and North America, this Indian TV station is not at all politically correct. The clip below was part of the early live coverage of the bombings, before the full scope of the attacks was known, and the reported number of casualties was not yet over a hundred. Yet the reporters give the names of two of the suspected suicide bombers (Mohammed Coefficient: 50%) and discuss a possible affiliation with the Islamic State.

And this station is a CNN affiliate — didn’t they get the memo??

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TOPICS: Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: correctness; india; jihad; srilanka

1 posted on 04/22/2019 9:08:19 PM PDT by MtnClimber
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After they investigate I suspect they will find the Mohammad follower coefficient is 100%.

2 posted on 04/22/2019 9:09:47 PM PDT by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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How many churches were actually attacked ? What are the names and what was the denomination ?

3 posted on 04/22/2019 9:24:37 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L,J,Keslin posting here for the record)
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Already the western press is blaming everyone and everything but the ROP

4 posted on 04/22/2019 9:25:39 PM PDT by Starcitizen
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I don’t know how many attacks were churches, but I think all were Catholic. The other attacks were tourist hotels. I think there were 8 attacks in all in widely dispersed locations and all at the same time.

5 posted on 04/22/2019 9:29:33 PM PDT by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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Some people did something!

6 posted on 04/22/2019 10:03:05 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration
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Some folks worship Easter by going to church and praying, other folks go to churches and set off fireworks.

Who are we to judge folks by the color of their skin, who they love, or how they worship Easter?

7 posted on 04/22/2019 10:09:14 PM PDT by tinyowl (A is A)
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"Muslim terrorists murder nearly 300 Christian worshipers on Easter Sunday".

Why is the news media in India able to get closer to stating that simple fact than the US news media?
8 posted on 04/22/2019 10:19:39 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: tinyowl

Some people worship Easter. Some other people worship Easter by doing some other things.

9 posted on 04/22/2019 10:28:20 PM PDT by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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Identification of one of the hotels bombed:

Actress recounts escape from blast in Sri Lanka; Alia Bhatt reacts to Kangana Ranaut’s attacks on her family, and more
Updated : Apr 22, 2019, 19:36 IST2927 views

Noted actress Radikaa Sarathkumar, who has worked in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil industry narrowly escaped the harrowing blasts in Sri Lanka as the bomb in the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo exploded moments after she had checked out. The actress took to her social media account to offer condolences and express her shock at her plight, and more updates from the world of entertainment..

10 posted on 04/23/2019 12:52:30 AM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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Name of another hotel attacked:

Shangri-La Colombo is a 5-star hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Owned by Shangri-La Hotels, the property is part of the larger One Galle Face development project at the same location. It is the second Shangri-La hotel on the island (after Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa) and the 101st hotel of the chain of Shangri-La Hotels world-wide.[5] The hotel was opened on 11 November 2017. The property has 500 rooms, and has room to accommodate up to 2,000 conference guests.[6]

2019 Easter Sunday bombings[edit]
The Shangri-La was one of three sites of the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings along with the Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Hotel.[7] Sri Lankan celebrity chef Shantha Mayadunne and her daughter were among the fatalities.[8] Sri Lankan cricketer Hasitha Boyagoda was having breakfast in the hotel when the bombing took place. He escaped with only minor injuries.[9]

11 posted on 04/23/2019 1:17:21 AM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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As far as I can work out, this is a summary so far:

• Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo (two suicide bombers)
• Cinammon Grand Hotel, Colombo (suicide bomb attack)
• Kinsbury Hotel, Colombo (suicide bomb attack)
• Tropical Inn Hotel, Colombo (suicide bomb attack)
• St Sebastian’s Church [Catholic], Negombo (suicide bomb attack)
• St Anthony’s Church/Shrine [Catholic], Colombo (i - suicide bomb attack)
• (ii - van containing second bomb/explosives later triggered by security forces)
• Zion Church [evangelical Lighthouse church], Batticaloa (suicide bomber here said he was waiting for a “friend” before being challenged and set off bomb)
• Dematagoda Housing complex, nr Colombo (two female suicide bombers and a number of police officers killed when bombs set off as police raid apartment)
• Colombo International Airport - Bomb found on approach road but defused
• Colombo main bus depot - suspected bomb parts found discarded

All the targets seem to be top attractions

12 posted on 04/23/2019 1:17:39 AM PDT by Mr Radical (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act)
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To: MtnClimber

This seems to be a through list of targets and chronology:

At the Cinnamon Grand, a hotel manager said the attacker waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at the Taprobane restaurant before setting off explosives strapped to his back.

The man, who had checked in the night before, was carrying a plate and was about to be served when he unleashed his devastating bomb.

“There was utter chaos,” the manager told AFP. “It was 8:30 am and it was busy. It was families,” he said. “One of our managers who was welcoming guests was among those killed instantly.”

The government ordered a social media blackout in Sri Lanka to prevent public panic from false rumours, but it also hampered efforts by friends and family to make contact with loved ones.

A doctor at the Lady Ridgeway Children hospital in Colombo told the Telegraph that a number of children had arrived alone.

“People have brought children who were injured…we are waiting for the parents to come,” he said. Nalini Somalatha said she was struggling to find news of her son Nalin, 25, who had gone to church with his Christian girlfriend.

“I heard about the blasts and I called my son.. but there was no response,” said the desperate mother who later found out that Nalin’s girlfriend had died.

Moment of blast at Sri Lanka church caught on dashcam
Before the blackout, harrowing images had emerged from the aftermath of powerful bombs that blasted through the packed pews of St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, the Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa, and St Sebastian’s in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of the capital.

The explosions were so powerful that they blew out roof tiles, splintered wood and smashed altars and religious icons.

Photos posted to social media in an appeal for help showed lifeless bodies strewn across the rubble. At St Anthony’s, where at least 160 parishioners were injured, eyewitnesses described a “river of blood” among the debris.

The authorities have launched a massive security operation and schools will remain closed for two days.

US Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg voices shock at the attacks

Muslim US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar condemns attack

British mother and son among those killed in the blast
A British mother and son were killed while eating breakfast at a five-star Sri Lankan hotel as a string of suicide bombs ripped through the country

Alex Nicholson, 11, his mother, Anita, 42, were killed while dining at the second-floor restaurant in the Shangri La hotel in the country’s capital, Colombo, on Sunday as it was gutted in one of several explosions which hit Sri Lanka.

Anita Nicholson (right) who was killed along with her son Alex
Anita Nicholson (right) who was killed along with her son Alex (left) in one of the eight bomb attacks that took place in Sri Lanka
The schoolboy’s father, Ben, survived, while The Telegraph was unable to account for the whereabouts of the couple’s youngest daughter. Mr Nicholson is not believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries and was seen at the capital’s Judicial Medical Office with his ear plastered. He was said to be left “completely in shock”.

Witness describes ‘panic mode’ after blasts
Bhanuka Harischandra has given a graphic account of the immediate aftermath of the blasts to Associated Press.

He was running a little late for his meeting Sunday.

As a car carrying him pulled into the back entrance of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo, he realized something was wrong.

People were telling him not to come in, it wasn’t safe. Still, the car pulled around to the front of the hotel and Harischandra saw the aftermath of a bombing. People were being evacuated, others were being dragged. Blood and ambulances were everywhere.

“It was panic mode,” Harischandra, a 24-year-old founder of a tech marketing company, said by telephone later in the day. “I didn’t process it for a while.”

He decided to go to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, where he thought it would be safe. But just after he was dropped at the luxury hotel and about to enter the building, he heard another bomb go off.

Locals and police gather at the Secon church
Locals and police gather at the Secon church Batticalova central road in Colombo, Sri Lanka CREDIT: M A PUSHPA KUMARA/REX
Now he was being evacuated. Soot and ash fell on his white sweat shirt.

His car had left, so he hailed a motorized rickshaw and went to meet friends at a coffee shop. They contacted other friends, trying to make sure everyone they knew was safe.

It was too soon to think about what it might mean.

Over the course of the day, eight bombs exploded at churches and luxury hotels in and near Colombo, killing more than 200 people. The Easter Sunday violence was the deadliest the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago.

Many Sri Lankans remember well the terror of the 26-year war. But not Harischandra, who was just a teenager when it officially ended. In the past years, conflict was far from Colombo. Growing up, he was mostly aware of his parents’ anxiety about safety, not of actual fighting.

Sri Lankan military stand guard inside a church
Sri Lankan military stand guard inside a church after an explosion in Negombo CREDIT: STRINGER/REUTERS
Now their anxiety is back.

“For them, it’s a bit of a different situation,” he said. “They’re afraid this might start racial violence.”

On Sunday night, he was with his family, observing a curfew. He said there was “a lot of tension” in the air, but he was also hoping that the worst might be over: It had been a few hours since the last blast.

Harischandra was heartened by the fact that his social media feed was flooded with photos of the lines of people waiting to give blood. Lines so long “you can’t see the end.”

Bomb found at Sri Lanka’s main airport
An Improvised Explosive Device has been detected in the vicinity of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by the Air Force a short while ago, the Sri Lanka Sunday Times reports.

“A PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives in it was discovered,” Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne said.

He noted that the explosive device was discovered by Air Force personnel on a mobile patrol and was disposed by the Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit of the Air Force in a controlled area.

Sri Lankan defence forces step up security at airports and critical infrastructure

Suicide bombings indicate ‘influence of Hezbollah on Tamil Tigers’
Iain Overton, Action on Armed Violence’s Executive Director and author of ‘The Price of Paradise: how the suicide bomber shaped the modern world’, travelled to Sri Lanka in 2018 to interview former Tamil Tiger fighters who had volunteered to be suicide bombers during Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war (1983 – 2009).

“We know that the Tamil Tigers were influenced directly by Hezbollah’s use of suicide bombings in Lebanon”, he said.

Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony’s Shrine CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES
“The Tamil Tigers sent fighters to meet that Shi’a militant group to learn how to use suicide bombings in their own attacks on Sri Lanka’s incumbent government, where 92% of such attacks were political or against members of the security forces.”

“What these recent bombings show, though, is how ISIS has influenced suicidal terror.

“Unlike the Tamil Tigers’ tactics, these strikes were explicitly at civilian targets - illustrating how toxic Salafist-jihadist justifications for attacking civilians have changed the focus of terror attacks worldwide.

A Pakistani Christian child looks on as adults light candles to pay tribute to Sri Lankan blasts victims CREDIT: RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP
“This targeting of civilians was first seen when Palestinian Sunni groups attacked buses in Israel. Now it is ISIS inspired fighters attacking churches in Sri Lanka.”

“What is clear is that the defeat of ISIS in the field of battle in Iraq and Syria has not ended suicide bombings. In 2016, over 26 countries worldwide saw suicide attacks, as the globalised terror group struck again and again.

“Sri Lanka is a new field of atrocity for them; a country that - sadly - saw at least 115 suicide bombings during its terrible civil war.”

“It is likely that more attacks of this terrible nature will happen again and again, as ISIS’s claim that they ‘love death more than we love life’ finds meaning in the hearts of its followers.”

Foreign Office confirms British fatalities
The Foreign Office has confirmed that Britons are among those killed in the attacks. It is understood that at least five UK nationals were among the victims.

An FCO spokesperson said: “We can confirm that British nationals were among those killed in today’s horrific attacks in Sri Lanka.

“Our staff are supporting the relatives of the victims and are continuing to work with the relevant authorities to obtain further information. We extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Mike Pompeo condemns attack
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has issued a strong condemnation of the attacks.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo CREDIT: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/REX
“The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured. While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several U.S. citizens were among those killed.

“The U.S. Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.

“These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism. We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they confront violent extremism and have offered our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Danish foreign minister calls for perpetrators to be caught

Anders Samuelsen, the country’s foreign minister, calls for the perpetrators to be caught and prosecuted as the officials confirm that three Danes are among the dead.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan condemns attack

‘Several’ US citizens killed - Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that a number of Americans were killed in the blast.

In a statement he said: “While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed.”

“The US Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.”

The government of Turkey confirmed that two of its citizens were killed. There were named as Serhan Narici and Yigit Cavus, engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka.

Denmark’s foreign ministry said three Danish citizens were killed.

Earlier Sri Lankan authorities said three British nationals and two joint British and US citizens were killed.

Authorities failed to act on intelligence - prime minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister of Sri Lanka, has promised an investigation into intelligence failures after it emerged information about possible terror attacks was not acted upon.

Speaking in Colombo, he said intelligence had been received regarding a threat, but that it was not passed on to him or other ministers in the government.

He also said eight people have now been detained in connection with the attacks. He added that “so far the names that have come up are local,” but that investigators would look into whether the attackers had any “overseas links”.

UN chief condemns “heinous” terror attack

Reaction to the attacks from UK politicians

Muslim groups condemn attacks
Two Muslim groups in Sri Lanka are condemning the attacks on churches and hotels.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka says it mourns the loss of innocent people in the blasts by extremists who seek to divide religious and ethnic groups.

The All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama a body of Muslim clerics, says targeting Christian places of worship cannot be accepted.

Muslims make up about 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s population of 23 million.

No one has claimed responsibility for what Sri Lankan officials have described as a terrorist attack by religious extremists.

Thirty-two foreigners killed
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Board says 32 foreign nationals have been confirmed killed.

Earlier it was reported that 27 foreigners had died. The victims include five British citizens.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told reporters at a press conference that 208 have been killed and 450 injured from the eight explosions.

FCO advice for concerned relatives
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice for Sri Lanka following this morning’s attacks.

Here is the FCO’s advice for anyone concerned about relatives or friends:

If you are in Sri Lanka and have been directly affected by the attacks, please call the British High Commission in Colombo: +94 11 5390639, and select the emergency option from where you will be connected to one of our consular staff. If you’re in the UK and worried about British friends or family in Sri Lanka caught up in the incidents, please call the FCO switchboard number: 020 7008 1500 and follow the same steps.

Five Britons confirmed killed
Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry says the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified.

They include three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals, three British nationals and two holding U.S. and British nationalities.

The statement also says nine foreigners are reported missing.

A Dutch national and a Chinese national also have been reported among the victims.

Barack Obama calls blasts “an attack on humanity”

Police inspect the damage in St Sebastian church
A police officer stands guard in Katuwapitiya St. Sebastian church in Negombo CREDIT: REX

Several Britons in hospital
UK High Commissioner James Dauris writes:

Police injured in house raid
This photo shows an injured Sri Lankan Special Task Force soldier being carried away by colleagues after a blast the occurred as security forces searched a property in the Orugodawatta area of the capital Colombo. Three police officers were killed in a house raid earlier.

Justin Trudeau condemns ‘horrific’ attack

Hotline for families of missing foreigners
Foreign citizens concerned about family members in Sri Lanka can call this foreign minister hotline for information: +941122323015.

One Dutch national killed
The unnamed Dutch citizen is the first foreign national confirmed to have died. Earlier the foreign minister of Sri Lanka said 27 foreigners had been killed. It is believed that UK citizens are among the dead

Church wrecked in bombing
The aftermath of the bombing in Zion Church, in the eastern city of Batticaloa


Twenty-seven foreigners among the dead
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister says 27 foreigners have been confirmed dead and five still missing.

Heads of foreign diplomatic missions are being kept informed.

While the ministry said it would not publish the nationalities of the victims. Earlier James Dauris, Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka said some British citizens were caught in the blasts.

Celebrity chef among the dead
Shantha Mayadume, a popular Sri Lankan television chef, and her daughter Nilanga Mayadume, were having an Easter breakfast at the Shangri-La-Hotel in Colombo when the building was attacked.

Both were killed in the blast, local media report.

Ms Mayadume’s cookery school and TV shows had made her a household name in Sri Lanka.

Over 200 confirmed dead
The latest casualty figures from the police: 207 killed, more than 450 injured.

Sri Lanka special forces search for suspects
More images from a house raid in Colombo captured by an AFP photographer earlier. The government says seven people have been detained so far and that a single group is probably responsible, but we don’t yet have a name for the organization or a motive.


Nearly 200 people confirmed dead
The death toll is climbing rapidly. Sri Lanka’s deputy transport minister now says 190 people have died in the Easter Sunday blasts.

British High Commissioner: get in touch with family to let them know you are safe.
British High Commissioner James Dauris has posted this video update:

Police raid house in search of suspects
Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) personnel in gas masks are pictured outside a house during a raid CREDIT: AFP/ISHARA S. KODIKARA
Images have emerged of armed police raiding a house in the Orugodawatta area of the capital Colombo in a search for suspects. Three police were killed in a house raid earlier today.

Suicide bombers behind blasts
Sri Lanka’s defence and media minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, has been giving a few more details about the attacks.

He says authorities believe the bombings were suicide attacks carried out by a single group.

It appears the three police personnel who died in Dematagoda were killed while pursuing suspects believed to be involved in the attacked, not in the bombing itself.

He adds that the government has made no decision about imposing a state of emergency as yet.

Suspects detained as death toll climbs to 160
The Sri Lankan government has said police have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in the attacks.

Meanwhile, the prime minister’s office says the confirmed death toll has now reached 160 people.

Three police officers killed
Three police personnel are among the dead in the Mahawila Garden Housing Scheme explosion at Dematagoda, the Telegraph understands.

Meanwhile, authorities have asked volunteers to stop showing up to donate blood because the banks are now full.

Donald Trump: ‘We stand ready to help!’
Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
Plane passengers can travel to airport during curfew

Merkel condemns ‘religious hate and intolerance’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the wave of bombings against Sri Lankan churches and tourist spots, urging that the “religious hate and intolerance that have showed themselves in such a terrible way today must not win”.

“It is shocking that people who gathered to celebrate Easter together were consciously targeted in this malicious attack,” Merkel said in a condolence telegram published by a spokesman on Twitter.

Government minister: culprits ‘seem to be by those in the ring running from the law’

Pope condemns Sri Lanka Easter attacks as ‘such cruel violence’
Pope Francis has condemned the attacks as “such cruel violence” and said he was close to the Christian community, hit while celebrating Easter.

“I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely today, Easter, brought mourning and pain to churches and other places where people were gathered in Sri Lanka,” Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square to hear his Easter Sunday “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message.

Pope Francis delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” (”to the city and the world”) message, in St. Peter’s Square CREDIT: AP
“I wish to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, hit while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” said Francis, who visited Sri Lanka in 2015.

“I entrust to the Lord those who have tragically died and I pray for the wounded and for all those who are suffering as a result of this dramatic event,” he said.

British High Commissioner confirms British casualties
James Dauris, Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka said: “We understand that some British citizens were caught in the blasts but we are unable to say how many people are, or might have been, affected.”

Archbishop of Canterbury prays for Sri Lanka
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “Those affected by the appalling and despicable attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka will be in the prayers of millions marking Easter Sunday around the world today.

“On this holy day let us stand with the people of Sri Lanka in prayer, condolence and solidarity as we rejected all violence, all hatred and all division.”

Social media blackout
The Sri Lankan government has blocked access to social media and messaging services with immediate effect, Reuters reports.

Eighth bomb blast reported in Colombo
An eighth bomb blast has hit the Sri Lankan capital, AFP report citing police. It is thought to have struck the suburb of Dematagoda

The situation in the capital remains incredibly tense.

The Sri Lankan government has just enforced a curfew with immediate effect.

Archbishop of Colombo: Those responsible should be punished mercilessly
The Archbishop of Colombo is calling for those responsible for the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka to be punished “mercilessly”, AP reports.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith called on Sri Lanka’s government to launch a “very impartial strong inquiry” and to punish those found responsible “mercilessly because only animals can behave like that”.

The series of blasts at three churches and three luxury hotels killed more than 150 people. It’s the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the South Asian country’s bloody civil war ended a decade ago.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was meeting top military officials and tweeted earlier that “the government is taking immediate steps to contain the situation”.

Jeremy Corbyn: We must defeat this hatred with unity, love and respect

Two reported dead in seventh bomb attack
AFP reporting two people have been killed in the seventh bomb blast.

Seventh bomb attack
Police state there has been a seventh bomb blast at a hotel in Dehiwela in the outskirts of Colombo, Reuters reports.

Theresa May: Sri Lanka attacks are appalling
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.

“We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.”

Sri Lanka PM convenes National Security Council
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has convened Sri Lanka’s top military officials at an emergency meeting of the National Security Council following a series of Easter Sunday blasts.

The official says at least two of the blasts were suspected to have been caused by suicide bombers.

Earlier, Wickremesinghe tweeted that “the government is taking immediate steps to contain the situation.”

‘Cowardly attacks’
President Maithripala Sirisena said in an address that he was shocked by the explosions and appealed for calm, and the prime minister was expected to speak to the media shortly.

On Twitter, Wickremesinghe wrote: “I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today.

“I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”

The hotels targeted in the attack are all popular destinations for tourists, among them the Cinnamon Grand, which is near the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo.

Pictures emerging of extent of damage
Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo CREDIT: AFP
An inside view of the St. Anthony’s Shrine after the explosion hit St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka condemns attacks

Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 156, including 35 foreigners
The death toll has risen to at least 156, including 35 foreigners, a police official told AFP.

A hospital source said Americans, British and Dutch citizens were among those killed in the six blasts, which also injured hundreds of people.

Jeremy Hunt: Targeting worshippers on Easter Sunday is “particularly wicked”
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was shocked by the attacks in Sri Lanka which have killed more than 100.

He tweeted: “I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the horrifying attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka today.

“To target those gathered for worship on Easter Sunday is particularly wicked.

“My prayers are with the victims and their families, and with those assisting in the response.”

“Horrible scenes. I saw body parts strewn all over”
A Sri Lankan politician has recalled the “horrible scenes” he witnessed as he travelled to one of the churches targeted in a series of explosions on Easter Sunday.

Harsha de Silva, the country’s minister of economic reforms and public distribution, said he visited Kochchikade church and the Shangri La in Kingsbury.

He tweeted: “Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over. Emergency crews are at all locations in full force. We, at 1990 also have close to 20 units at the various locations. We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives.”

Mr de Silva added an emergency meeting had been called with the heads of the Sri Lankan army and airforce.

Sri Lanka’s PM condemns “cowardly” attack
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called upon the nation to unite as he condemned the “cowardly” Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels.

He said the government was working to “contain the situation.”

In a tweet, he said: “I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today,” he said in a tweet from his verified account.

“I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong... The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”

According to AFP, Sri Lanka’s police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday’s bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”.

Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara sent an intelligence warning to top officers on April 11 setting out the threat.

“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” said the alert.

The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalism of Buddhist statues.

Only around six percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.

13 posted on 04/23/2019 1:25:09 AM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka, robowombat wrote: This seems to be a through list of targets and chronology:

GOOD JOB What’s been confusing is there have been reports of more than three churches struck when the initial reports only reported the names of the towns where these bombings occurred.

14 posted on 04/23/2019 2:06:32 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L,J,Keslin posting here for the record)
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