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Sri Lanka bomb blasts HIGHLIGHTS: Two more Indians confirmed dead; emergency to be declared from midnight

Sri Lanka bomb blasts today, Sri Lanka Terror Attack HIGHLIGHTS: The National Tawheed Jamath outfit is suspected to be behind the deadly serial bomb blasts that ripped through churches and hotels and claimed nearly 300 lives on Easter, Sri Lankan minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2019 10:21:27 pm
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Sri Lanka Bomb Blasts HIGHLIGHTS: The Indian Coast Guard on Monday beefed up surveillance and deployed more ships and aircraft for patrolling following a series of devastating blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday. A senior Coast Guard official told PTI that the move has been taken to ensure no element that poses a security threat to the country sneaks through the sea.

Another explosion went off on Monday in a van near a church in Colombo when a squad of Special Task Force (STF) and air force were trying to diffuse the bomb, Reuters reported. The Sri Lanka Police also found 87 bomb detonators at Colombo main bus station, a day after the island nation was shaken by serial blasts killing 290 people and wounding 500 others. The National Tawheed Jamath outfit is suspected to be behind the deadly serial bomb blasts that ripped through churches and hotels and claimed nearly 300 lives on Easter, Sri Lankan minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Monday. The seven suicide bombers who had carried out the attacks were Sri Lankan nationals, he added.

Twenty-four persons were arrested in connection with the eight bombs blasts that left nearly 500 people injured. Late on Sunday, authorities defused an improvised pipe bomb on a road leading to the main terminal of the Colombo airport. Social media services continued to remain blocked in the country to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions until the probe into the blasts is concluded.

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Nearly 300 people have been killed in the serial explosions that ripped through Sri Lankan churches and hotels on Sunday. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

20:41 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Pompeo vows fight 'Islamic radical terrorism' after Sri Lanka blasts

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday vowed that the US will continue fighting "radical Islamic terror" and the "evil human beings" perpetrating it as he condemned Sri Lanka's worst terror attacks that claimed 290 lives.

Pompeo has said America will continue fighting "radical Islamic terror", which he said remained a threat following the attacks in Sri Lanka.

"Sadly, this evil exists in the world," he told reporters on Monday. "This is America's fight, too."

Pompeo said that he had spoken to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the telephone.

(PTI)

20:38 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Trump calls Sri Lanka PM, pledges support

US president Donald Trump calls Sri Lankan Prime Minister and pledged the US' support in bringing the perpetrators of attacks to justice.

20:22 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Security tightened in southern states after terror attack in Sri Lanka

Security in southern states, particularly in churches and other religious places, has been strengthened following the terrorists attack in Sri Lanka which has left 290 people dead, including eight Indians, and over 500 injured, officials said Monday.

Security has also been stepped up in sensitive locations in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, and Goa, which is a major tourist destination, as a precautionary measure.

(PTI)

20:09 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Farooq Abdullah condemns Sri Lanka attacks

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Monday condemned the suicide blasts in Sri Lanka that left 290 people dead.

"My thoughts are with the injured, I pray for their fast recovery. I pray that the world does not have to see such outrageous attacks in the future that claim many precious lives," the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said.

18:36 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Buddhist monks visit bombed church in Sri Lanka; say 'we don't have any anger' against other religions

A small group of monks in saffron robes visited the bombed St Anthony's Church here on Monday and said they don't have any anger or ill will towards anyone of any other religion in the Buddhist-majority nation.

The Buddhist monks visited the historic Catholic church located at Kochchikade, a day after a suicide bomber reportedly triggered a huge blast, killing many worshippers who had gathered for the Easter Sunday morning mass.

Venerable Prof Pitigala Vijitha Thero was outside St Anthony's Shrine said he was "extremely saddened and grieved" by the incident.

(PTI)

18:08 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka announces compensation for bomb blast victims

The Sri Lankan government on Monday announced that it will compensate the victims of the bomb blasts that hit churches and luxury hotels in the country on Easter, PTI quoted local media as saying.

Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said that the each victim in the attacks will be paid 1 million Sri Lankan rupees (USD 5,722), while about 100,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 572) would be given for the costs of the funeral processions, The Sunday Times reported.

He said that the injured in the attacks would be paid between 100,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 570)- 300,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 1717).

The spokesperson also stressed that all the damaged churches will be completely repaired by the government.

17:48 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Indian Coast Guard beefs up surveillance after Lanka blasts

The Indian Coast Guard has beefed up surveillance and deployed more ships and aircraft for patrolling following a series of devastating blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

This has been done to ensure that no element that could pose as a security threat sneaks into the country through sea, a senior Coast Guard official said.

"We have deployed all our ships from Coast Guard stations at Tuticorin, Mandapam and Karaikal for surveillance," the official said.

(PTI)

17:28 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Two more Indians confirmed dead

Two more Indians have been confirmed dead in the Sri Lanka blasts, the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka said.

16:41 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Pope Francis condemns Sri Lanka blasts

Pope Francis on Monday deplored the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed nearly 300 people and called for universal condemnation of what he said were "terrorist acts, inhuman acts" that could never be justified. It was the second day in a row that the Pope condemned the attacks.

16:16 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Just In: Explosion in a van near Colombo church

An explosion has occurred in a van near a Colombo church while Sri Lanka bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it, witnesses told Reuters.

15:50 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Just In: Sri Lanka police finds 87 bomb detonators at Colombo bus stand

Sri Lanka police have found 87 bomb detonators at Colombo' main bus stand, Reuters reported. Further information is awaited.

14:59 (IST)22 Apr 2019
President appoints three-member committee to probe attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed a three-member committee headed by an apex court judge to probe the country’s deadliest attack and submit a report within two weeks, according to media reports. Supreme Court judge Vijith Malalgoda, former IGP N K Ilangakoon and Former Law and Order Ministry Secretary Padamasiri Jayamanne have been appointed as members of the committee, SundayTimes reported. The committee has been instructed to submit the probe report on the explosion within two weeks to the President, the report said. Read full story here.

14:56 (IST)22 Apr 2019
President to seek foreign assistance to track international links

The President's statement also said that the government will seek foreign assistance to track the international links to the attacks.

14:52 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Measures will not impinge on freedom of expression: Govt

"The government has decided to gazette the clauses related to prevention of terrorism to emergency regulation and gazette it by midnight," the president's media unit said in a statement. It added the measure would be confined to dealing with terrorism and would not impinge on the freedom of expression.

14:43 (IST)22 Apr 2019
President to declare nationwide emergency from Monday midnight

According to Reuters, the President's Office announced to declare a nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday.

14:29 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Sri Lanka attacks carried out with help of international network: Minister

Senaratne also said the ghastly bomb blasts across Sri Lanka on Sunday were carried out with the help of an international network. "We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country," he said, adding, "There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded."

14:19 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Suicide bombers were Sri Lankans: Minister

All suicide bombers are believed to be Sri Lankan nationals, the minister added.

14:10 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Role of National Tawheed Jamath suspected in Sri Lanka blasts

Sri Lankan minister Rajitha Senaratne said the National Tawheed Jamath outfit is suspected to be behind the devastating Easter blasts, PTI reported.

14:02 (IST)22 Apr 2019
Fifth body yet to be identified, says Kumaraswamy
13:55 (IST)22 Apr 2019
US issues travel advisories to citizens travelling to Sri Lanka

The US has issued travel advisories to their citizens seeking to visit Sri Lanka, citing threats of terrorism. According to advisories, travellers should exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka due to the current security situation. The US Embassy said terrorists may attack with little or no warning targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports and other public areas. The US citizens travelling to or residing in Sri Lanka were advised to enrol in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive the latest security updates, the Sunday Times reported.

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Here is some context to help you understand the latest events in the small island nation. Sri Lanka gained independence from British rule in 1948 as the dominion of Ceylon, and became the Republic of Sri Lanka in 1972. But much of its history has been marred by sectarian tensions. And more recently, it has been caught up in much larger regional rivalries between China and India.

Sri Lanka population

Roughly 70 per cent of the 200 million people that live in the country are Buddhists. Smaller ethnic and religious groups include Hindus, at over 12%, Muslims at under 10%, and Catholics at about 6%. Despite their clear majority, Sinhalese Buddhist nationalists have been stoking fears that the minority groups, particularly the Muslims, are increasing in numbers and influence.

(With inputs from NYT)

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