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Envoyé : lundi 22 avril 2019 06:16
À : Corentin Decaen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Objet : RSOE EDIS – Situation Update : No.4 – Terror Attack : [Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa] Multiple location, Sri Lanka, Asia
Importance : Haute
RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service, Budapest, Hungary
April 22nd 2019 04:15 AM – Terror Attack – VW-20190421-67563-LKA
At least 207 people have been killed and 450 more injured after multiple explosions struck churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, according to officials. World leaders have labelled the bomb blasts as ‘terrorist attacks’. At least eight explosions, some of which were suicide bombs, were reported on Sunday morning across Sri Lanka. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services. Four hotels, all in the capital Colombo, were also struck. They include The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand, and the Tropical Inn. An eighth blast hit a house in Colombo. Police and media said that three officers were killed there and seven people were detained during a raid on the location. A police spokesperson said 104 were killed in Negombo, 68 were killed in Colombo, 28 died in Batticaloa, and seven died in Ragama. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but thirteen suspects have been arrested so far, police said all of them are Sri Lankans. President Maithripala Sirisena said he ordered the police special task force and military to investigate who was behind the attacks and their agenda. The military has been deployed and security has been increased at Colombo’s international airport, a military spokesman said. The government has also declared a curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe acknowledged that the government had some "prior information of the attack" but ministers were not told. The prime minister also said there now needs to be an inquiry into how the information was not shared and that the government needs to look at the international links of a local militant group. AFP reported that it had seen documents showing the country’s police chief issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches". The police chief cited a foreign intelligence service as reporting that a little-known Islamist group was planning attacks. Government officials said 32 foreigners were killed and 30 were injured in the explosions that tore through congregations and gatherings in hotels in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa. According to officials five British people, two of whom had dual U.S. citizenship, one Portuguese national, and three Indians were among those killed. A Dutch citizen and three people from Denmark were also killed. Chinese and Turkish state media also reported their citizens were among the victims. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US nationals were among the dead but did not provide details. According to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats, and violence against Christians last year. Christians make up 7.6% of the population, while 70% are Buddhist, 12.6% Hindu, and 9.7% Muslim are Muslim, according to Sri Lanka’s 2012 census. Bomb blasts in the capital Colombo were common a decade ago when Sri Lanka was at war with Tamil separatists. However, Sunday’s attacks are the first major incident to hit the country since then.
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