De : RSOE EDIS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Envoyé : mardi 23 avril 2019 11:26
À : Corentin Decaen <email@example.com>
Objet : RSOE EDIS – Situation Update : No.6 – Terror Attack : [Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa] Multiple location, Sri Lanka, Asia
Importance : Haute
RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service, Budapest, Hungary
April 23rd 2019 09:25 AM – Terror Attack – VW-20190421-67563-LKA
As a state of emergency took effect Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police arrested 40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said. Sri Lanka’s president gave the military a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects – powers that were used during the 26-year civil war but withdrawn when it ended in 2009. The death toll from Sunday’s attacks rose to 310, police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara said. On Tuesday, which President Maithripala Sirisena declared a day of mourning, Sri Lankan authorities planned to brief foreign diplomats and receive assistance from the FBI and other foreign intelligence-gathering agencies after officials disclosed Monday that warnings had been received weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group blamed for the bloodshed. The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts later Sunday were the South Asian island nation’s deadliest violence in a decade. The government blocked most social media to curtail false information. Even after an overnight, nationwide curfew was lifted, the streets of central Colombo remained mostly deserted and shops closed as armed soldiers stood guard. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could unleash instability and he vowed to "vest all necessary powers with the defence forces" to act against those responsible. In an indication of the tensions, three explosions caused panic but apparently no injuries Monday as police were defusing bombs inside a van parked near one of the stricken churches. Dozens of detonators were discovered near Colombo’s main bus depot, but officials declined to say whether they were linked to the attacks. At Bandaranaike International Airport outside of Colombo early Tuesday morning, police walked explosive-sniffing dogs outside as inside cheery video advertisements of gamblers and snorkelers played. At a roadside checkpoint at the airport, security officials checked car trunks and questioned drivers. The lack of social media access was contributing to the confusion and doing little to reassure residents and visitors that the danger had passed. International intelligence agencies had warned that the little-known group, National Thowfeek Jamaath, was planning attacks, but word apparently didn’t reach the prime minister’s office until after the massacre, exposing the continuing political turmoil in the highest levels of the Sri Lankan government. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the warnings started April 4, the defence ministry wrote to the police chief with information that included the group’s name and police wrote April 11 to the heads of security of the judiciary and diplomatic security division.
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