Death toll from attacks rises to 290 in Sri Lankan
MASSACRE. Sri Lankan's Easter Sunday took place in a bloodbath. The death toll of multiple bombings rises to 290. About 500 people were injured. Twenty-four suspects were arrested while a note of country's Intelligence service announced a possible attack.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark at the midnight, as a tribute to those who lost their lives in eight gruesome bombings in several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Death toll from attacks rises to 290 and about 500 wounded, a police spokesperson said tonight.
24 suspects have been arrested, media organisation News1st reported quoting the police spokesperson. No group has claimed responsability for Sunday's attacks.
A note about a possible attack
The churches targeted include St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in Negombo and another church in Batticalo.
A note from the country's Intelligence service about a possible attack had circulated ten days ago raising questions about strengthening preventive measures.
Bloody benches and broken glass
The explosions destroyed the tile roofs of churches and hotel windows, massacring worshipers and customers.
Terrifying images show bloody benches, broken glass and plumes of smoke.
"You can see pieces of flesh thrown on the walls, on the shrine and even outside the church," said Father Edmond Tillekeratne, director of social communication of the archdiocese of Colombo, to the one of the places of the explosion of the church of San Sebastián.
"Serious action need to be taken"
Father Tillekeratnea estimated that more than a thousand people had come to church for Easter Sunday "because it is a special day. "Many came from villages afar", he said.
Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored. I was in Badulla last night pic.twitter.com/ssJyItJF1x— Harin Fernando (@fernandoharin) April 21, 2019
"Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored," Sri Lanka's Minister of Telecommunications, Harin Fernando, tweeted along with a photo of the memo.
The document, titled "Information of an alleged plan attack," is dated April 11 and signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Priyalal Dissanayake.
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