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Summary

  1. Eight blasts hit areas including churches and resorts all the plan by Sri Lanka, leaving a minimal of 207 of us uninteresting and 450 injured
  2. Congregations were taking allotment in Easter Sunday companies at the churches when the blasts hit
  3. The 5-famous individual Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Enormous resorts within the heart of Colombo were focused
  4. The death toll might maybe rise a superb deal as hospitals file casualty figures. At the least 27 foreigners are known to bear in mind died
  5. At the least seven of us were arrested in reference to the attacks, officers allege

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By Anna Jones, Samanthi Dissanayake and Saira Asher

All occasions acknowledged are UK

  1. Twenty-four of us now in custody

    Our correspondent in Colombo, tweets:

  2. President and top minister to meet rapidly

    Sri Lankan Maithripala Sirisena was abroad on Sunday but has now arrived aid home. He is because of the meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe quickly in Colombo for disaster talks. Govt sources urged Reuters the president had convened a gathering of the Nationwide Security Council.

  3. ‘No phrases can listing the anguish’

    One among the first victims to were known final night was Sri Lankan famous individual chef Shantha Mayadunne.Her daughter Nisanga Mayadunne had earlier posted a portray of their family having breakfast within the Shangri-La resort in Colombo very quickly earlier than a blast went off there. One among their family members later posted on Fb confirming that both Shantha and Nisanga had died, asserting “no phrases can listing the anguish”.

  4. Police level finger at ‘radical Islamist neighborhood’

    The BBC’s Azzam Ameen in Colombo tweets:

  5. BreakingDemise toll leaps to 290 – reports

    Reuters is reporting a serious expand within the death toll. Citing police, the company says the sequence of confirmed uninteresting now stands at 290.

  6. Newspapers in Sri Lanka this morning

    The BBC’s Pratiksha Ghildial is in Colombo to file on the lethal attacks. She posted these photos of native newspaper front pages that Sri Lankans are waking up to this morning.

  7. Britons confirmed among the uninteresting

    Officials in Sri Lanka allege dozens of foreigners are among the of us killed on Sunday. They incorporated Danish, Turkish and Dutch electorate. Japan confirmed on Monday that a minimal of 1 Japanese national was killed.

    The Sri Lankan international ministry says this involves three Britons and two with joint US and UK citizenship.

    The UK’s Foreign Popularity of enterprise confirmed there had been British casualties. The High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, said he had spoken with Britons in sanatorium “who were plagued by at the recent time’s senseless attacks”.

  8. What we know to this level

    Even as you are only joining us right here’s a summary of what we know about the sequence of blasts within the capital, Colombo, and different towns

    • Eight blasts occurred in fleet succession on Easter Sunday
    • Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were focused at some level of Easter companies
    • Luxurious resorts the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Enormous in Colombo were furthermore hit
    • One blast hit attain the zoo in Dehiwala in southern Colombo and one more within the district of Dematagoda
    • It remains unclear who’s within the aid of the attacks but police bear in mind arrested Thirteen of us
    • The head minister has said officers obtained prior intelligence of doubtless attacks.
  9. World leaders react to ‘merciless violence’ of attacks

    On Sunday, world leaders paid tribute to the victims of the Sri Lankan attacks.

    • In his Easter Day speech at the Vatican, Pope Francis expressed his “affectionate closeness” with Sri Lanka’s Christian neighborhood and with “the total victims of such merciless violence”.
    • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts”, asserting they were a “grim reminder of doubtlessly the most serious field posed to the total humanity by terrorism”.
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “non secular abominate and intolerance which bear in mind confirmed themselves in this type of awful plan at the recent time must no longer accumulate”.
    • UK Prime Minister Theresa Can also said the attacks were “the truth is appalling”. “We must stand together to fabricate obvious no-one ought to ever must practise their religion in peril.”
    • US President Donald Trump sent his “heartfelt condolences” and said the US was in a position to aid.
    • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who’s steering her opt up nation by the aftermath of an assault on mosques, said it was “devastating” to peep an assault on of us in churches.
    Pope Francis addresses crowds in St Peter's Square at the Vatican (21 April 2019)

    Copyright: Reuters

  10. Minute known about arrested folk

    No neighborhood has yet said it applied the it sounds as if co-ordinated attacks but police allege they now bear in mind Thirteen of us in custody.

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that “to this level the names which bear in mind attain up are native” but that officers are investigating whether or no longer they had beef up or connections abroad, AFP reports. There is not any such thing as a different files about the detained of us.

    The head minister has furthermore acknowledged that police obtained intelligence about a doubtless assault earlier than Sunday and that investigations are occurring into “why adequate precautions weren’t taken”.

  11. ‘I believed Sri Lanka had left violence within the aid of’

    Other folks were contacting the BBC to allotment their suggestions and experiences after the assault.

    Julian Emmanuel, a Sri Lankan-born doctor who now lives within the UK, was in Colombo alongside with his family. They were staying at the Cinnamon Enormous, one of the most resorts focused, but weren’t harm.

    Dr Emmanuel said he had grown up by the years of warfare in Sri Lanka.

    “It is the truth is unhappy – I believed Sri Lanka had left all this violence within the aid of us, but now or no longer it’s unhappy to peep that or no longer it’s attain aid all over again.”

    You might maybe learn more witness reports right here.

  12. Plot of the attacks

    A total of eight blasts hit the nation on Sunday. It was the worst violence within the nation for the reason that cease of the civil battle which left tens of 1000’s of of us uninteresting.

    Six explosions hit sites within the capital, Colombo, including three top-cease resorts – the Cinnamon Enormous, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury. Two churches were furthermore hit. One in Negombo to the north of the capital, and in Batticaloa, on the east flit.

    Plot of attacks all the plan by Sri Lanka

    Copyright: BBC

  13. Bombs focused churches on Easter Day

    Three churches were attacked on Sunday. It was Easter Day, one of the most holiest days of the 300 and sixty five days for Christians.

    Christians are a minority in Sri Lanka, making up lower than 10% of the inhabitants.

    This was the scene late on Sunday inner St Sebastian’s church in Negombo, north of Colombo, a focal level for the Catholic neighborhood. More than half of the deaths are conception to bear in mind occurred right here.

    Bomb atomize inner St Sebastian's church in Negombo

    Copyright: Reuters

  14. Indian victims known

    The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has known two of the Indian victims of the bomb blasts.

  15. Pipe bomb made fine at airport

    Police said on Monday that a “homemade” bomb stumbled on shut to doubtlessly the most critical airport within the capital, Colombo, had been made fine.

    A police supply urged AFP that the tool had been stumbled on on a highway on how to doubtlessly the most critical terminal at Bandaranaike Worldwide Airport.

    The airport is aloof working, but security levels are excessive.Other folks travelling were urged inquire of prolonged exams.

    Passengers wait at Bandaranaike Worldwide Airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka

    Copyright: AFP

  16. Social media restrictions to shut ‘irascible files’

    On Sunday, Sri Lanka’s authorities shut down or restricted social media sites all the plan by the nation. They said this was to pause “irascible files” spreading on-line.

    Officials were engaging to the final public to opt up some distance from hypothesis or performing rashly.

  17. Curfew lifted in Sri Lanka

    We’re resuming our rolling coverage of the aftermath of the devastating attacks in Sri Lanka.

    More than 200 of us are confirmed to bear in mind died on Sunday when bombs were problem off in churches and top-cease resorts spherical the nation.

    There is as yet no claim for the attacks, but quite a bit of arrests were made.

    A nationwide curfew was build in field in a single day but was lifted within the past hour.

  18. We’re pausing our reside coverage

    As night falls in Sri Lanka, we’re pausing our reside coverage until Monday morning native time. Here’s what we know to this level about the attacks:

    • At the least 207 of us were killed and 450 harm in explosions at churches and excessive-cease resorts
    • A international ministry legitimate said a minimal of 27 international nationals were among the uninteresting
    • Eight of us bear in mind now been arrested in reference to the blasts
    • It is not any longer yet obvious who’s to blame, but Sri Lanka’s defence minister has said they were doubtlessly applied by one neighborhood
    • A national curfew has been build in field “until additional gape” and social media networks were snappily blocked

    You might maybe opt up to this level with the most modern developments on our main story right here.

    Sri Lankan security forces precise the sphere spherical St Anthony's Shrine

    Copyright: Getty Photos

  19. Curfew underneath plan

    A pair of of us were seen on the streets of Colombo after a curfew was declared but photos appear to demonstrate that the bulk of us stayed at home.

    man rides bike after curfew in Colombo

    Copyright: Reuters

    vacationers on highway after curfew

    Copyright: AFP

    Colombo highway

    Copyright: AFP

  20. Vigils held in Pakistan

    Candles were lit at vigils at a church in Peshawar and in Karachi.

    vigil in Peshawar

    Copyright: Reuters

    Vigil in Karachi

    Copyright: Reuters

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