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Sri Lanka imposes curfew following serial bombings

Summary

Multiple explosions rocked Sri Lanka this Sunday hitting at least three churches and three hotels.

At least 207 have been reported dead and 450 reported injured.

17:23

Death toll rises to 207

Death toll rises to 207. The number includes people of foreign nationality – including US and UK citizens.

16:54

Seven suspects arrested in connection with the bombings.

16:20

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Khaleel is scheduled to depart for Sri Lanka this Sunday night as a Special Envoy of the Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

16:02

Nation-wide curfew comes to immediate effect. Duration of the curfew declared indefinite.

15:45

 Bomb Disposal Unit is operating at the Jampettah Street where a suspicious parcel has been found.

15:42

Three police officers have been reported dead in the explosion in Dematagoda. Officers are conducting sweeps to locate possibly more explosive devices in the area.

14:29

Sri Lanka has announced a curfew effective from 6 pm this Sunday to 6 am in Monday.

14:27

An explosion has been reported from Dematagoda in Colombo. The latest attack brings the number of targets hit to eight.

14:26

Two are reported dead in the bombing at a hotel located at a zoo in front of the Dehiwala Zoo. The latest fatalities increases the death toll to 187.

14:17

A seventh bomb has gone off at a hotel located at a zoo in front of the Dehiwala Zoo.

13:16

The death toll rises to 185.

13:09

Number of foreign nationals killed in bombings rises to 11.

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Sri Lankan elderly woman is helped near St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
12:02

Sri Lankan PM calls bombings “cowardly”

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued a statement condemning the bombings in Sri Lanka and urging unity.

11:55

9 foreign nationals confirmed dead in bombings

Sri Lankan officials confirm nine foreign nationals died in the bombings. The details of their nationalities has not been released as of yet.

11:53

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has issued a statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.

11:51

Police Chief threatened prior to bombings

AFP reports the group behind the six bombings in Sri Lanka sent threatening text messages warning of an imminent attack prior to the bombings.

11:45

Security has been tightened at Bandaranaike International Airport and passengers have been instructed to report to the airport 4 hours before departure time.

11:27

Death toll rises to 160

Sri Lankan press reports the death toll in the bombings has risen to 160. And the injury toll has risen to over 450.

11:25
This image made from video, released by Derena TV shows women in despair after an explosion in Colombo, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Derena TV via AP)
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11:18

Death toll rises to 101

Sri Lankan press reports the death toll in the bombings has risen to 101. And the injury toll has risen to 450.

11:17

Maldivian government condemns bombings in Sri Lanka

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid has issued a statement condemning the bombings in three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka this Sunday.

Sri Lankan press reports 49 dead and 160 injured in the bombings which hit the country at 8:45 am this Sunday.

11:14
11:14

Maldivian Ambassador to Sri Lanka reports Maldivian citizens staying at Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo sustained no injuries in the explosion.

11:12

Sri Lanka confirms hits on St. St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, and The Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

11:05