Sri Lanka Massacre: 290 men, women, and children slaughtered by Muslim terrorists on Easter Sunday
At least 290 people were murdered and 500 injured by seven Muslim terrorists in eight coordinated bomb blasts on Christians, hotel guests, and foreign tourists in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.
Six bombs went off in quick succession before another two blasts two hours later.
Three of the near-simultaneous blasts targeted worshippers attending Easter services on the holiest day in the Christian calendar.
Families on holiday were massacred by three further explosions at luxury hotels in Colombo as they sat down to enjoy breakfast at around 8.30am.
Later on Sunday, a bomb was found in close proximity to the Bandaranaike International Airport and was successfully diffused.
Sri Lankan police found 87 bomb detonators at the main bus station in the capital on Monday, a spokesman said. Security forces are carrying out searches across the island to find the Muslim terrorists behind the bombs.
Five Brits, ‘several’ Americans, one Dutch, one Chinese, two Turkish and one Portuguese national have been confirmed dead.
The government of Sri Lanka blocked its citizens from accessing social media and messaging apps in the aftermath of the terror attacks.
Sri Lanka Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene has urged media not to publicize the names of today’s Muslim terrorists as other terror groups could exploit the situation. “Don’t give extremists a voice. Don’t help to make them martyrs,” he says.
Sri Lanka Police spokesperson has said that 13 Muslim terrorists were arrested in connection with the attacks. Ten of those detained have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department.
The Sri Lankan military received intelligence suggesting the Muslim terror group National Thowheeth Jama’ath was planning suicide attacks on churches before the bombing.
No one has claimed responsibility, however, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe confirmed that the government had prior information about the terror attacks, but failed to take preventive steps.
It emerged Sri Lanka’s police chief warned cops of suicide bombers planning to hit “prominent churches” 10 days before yesterday’s attack.
The US State Department has warned that “terrorist groups” are continuing to plot possible attacks in Sri Lanka.
“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning,” it said in the revised travel warning, which was updated on Sunday.
It said possible targets included tourist locations, transportation hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas.