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World leaders condemn bombings that hit churches and hotels, killing scores of civilians Ali Murat Alhas | 21.04.2019

Romans 12:15

Indian FM says 3 Indians killed in Sri Lanka blasts
ANKARA Two Turkish engineers are among the people who lost their lives in Sunday's terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said Sunday on Twitter.

"Unfortunately, we lost our citizens, Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus, in the treacherous attacks in Sri Lanka," Cavusoglu tweeted.

Extending his condolences to families of the victims, Cavusoglu said: "We are in contact with their families and we will ensure quick return of the bodies to our country."

Those who cannot hear from relatives in the country can reach Turkish Embassy in Colombo on +94 (76) 766 7339, and Consulate on +90 (312) 292 29 29, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“Our citizens in Sri Lanka are strongly encouraged to follow the announcements of the local security forces and the Turkish Embassy in Colombo,” the statement added.

A total of 207 people were killed in multiple blasts, targeting churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, according to local broadcaster Derana.

               Today; Easter 2019, we will see the curtain rise in DC; the Big Easter Bunny; the egg hunt at the White House. Maybe a fake prayer or two coming from those who live there, a pat on the head for a few children; maybe even a signed Easter egg.

               How can we as Christians sit by and let this happen? How can we be so blind to reality? Of all days, The Lords day, one of the Holiest Days of the year; just sit by and pretend life is good.


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Curfew declared after 8th blast rocks Sri Lanka's capital

COLOMBO, April 21 (Xinhua) -- An eighth blast ripped through Colombo after a series of explosions rocked the Sri Lankan capital earlier in the day, police confirmed on Sunday.

Police said the latest explosion was reported from Dematagoda in the north of the capital.

The government has imposed a nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. local time on Monday.

Kuwait condemns bomb attacks in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates

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50 and counting-


Woodstock  50 years later - still dancing in the streets 

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

                        I'm awakened by the new day; It's Easter 2019; a Holy time; a time of joy for children around the world. The Excitement fills the air; the Easter Bunny came for some; baskets with candy, colored eggs; cute fuzzy little ducks and for some; a big stuffed bunny rabbit. 

                         Looking back at the memories of Easter past - it might have been true then - and maybe it stills holds fond memories for most. As for myself and others, we face the reality in which we all live, no sugar coated Easter Eggs, no Chocolate bunny rabbits. Just images of children suffering; 

World denounces deadly bombings in Sri Lanka

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'Terribly saddened by terrorist attacks on Sri Lankan worshippers during Easter. Condolences to friendly govt & people of Sri Lanka. Our thoughts & prayers with the victims & their families,' Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday. He added 'Terrorism is a global menace with no religion: it must be condemned & confronted globally.'

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi vehemently slammed the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, saying today’s crime once again indicated that regardless of any border, race, nation and religion, the hateful terrorism phenomenon has turned out to be a global problem.

Earlier on Sunday six consecutive blasts rocked various cities in Sri Lanka.

The explosions happened simultaneously in three churches and three hotels in Colombo claiming the lives of at least 156 people and injuring over 400 others.

According to Sri Lanka Police some explosions happened in some other luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.

Police announced that it had earlier warned on the possibility of the attack.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called for holding national Security Council extraordinary meeting.

Eight arrested in connection with Sri Lanka blasts
Death toll from Sri Lanka's blasts rises to 192, over 470 injured, nationwide curfew declared
Easter Day Massacre 2019 :: According To RTE Ireland Eight people have been arrested in connection with a string of deadly blasts that have killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka, the country's prime minister said.

KUWAIT CITY, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait on Sunday strongly condemned bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

An official source at the Foreign Ministry expressed Kuwait's strong condemnation of the attacks that led to hundreds of casualties and injuries.

The source reaffirmed Kuwait's firm stance against violence and terrorism, stressing its support for all measures taken by Sri Lanka to maintain its security and stability.

He also expressed sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Over 200 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured in the series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday.


Sri Lanka's multiple blasts kill 228, injure 450

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Multiple bomb explosions kill 207 in Sri Lanka Curfew imposed across country as 8 explosions rock churches and hotels on Easter Sunday
COLOMBO, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Multiple blasts which shook Sri Lanka on Sunday have taken lives of 192 people while more than 470 others were injured, and a curfew has been declared nationwide, Sri Lankan authorities said.

Altogether eight explosions have ripped through the country so far, with six blasts hitting in the morning and two in the afternoon. The curfew has been imposed from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. local time on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.

Of the dead in the blasts, there are 35 foreigners, the police confirmed. Hospital sources had earlier said nine foreigners were among those killed while 13 others have been injured.

Four Chinese nationals were injured in the explosions, the Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka said.

Both Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have condemned the attacks and appealed for calm.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the tri-forces and the police are conducting a thorough probe into the explosions.

The Morning explosions occurred when hundreds of worshipers gathered at churches to commemorate Easter Sunday, the police said.

Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said two explosions were reported from St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade in capital Colombo and another church in Katana on the outskirts of the capital; a third explosion was reported from a church in Batticaloa in the east.

Television footage also showed blasts in three hotels -- the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels in the capital, which occurred following the church blasts.

The seventh explosion happened from opposite the Dehiwala Zoo in Colombo, and the eighth, which has reportedly been a suicide bombing, ripped through Colombo a short while ago, police have confirmed.

The Chinese Embassy has activated emergency response mechanism immediately after the incident, and embassy officials have visited the injured who were in hospital for treatment. The injured Chinese are now in stable condition.

The Chinese Embassy has reminded Chinese citizens and businesses in Sri Lanka to watch out for safety.

In a special statement, the police urged the public to stay indoors and not gather at the explosion sites which had been sealed off.

Television footage showed ambulances rushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.

Security has been beefed up across the country. State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said all necessary precautions had been taken to keep citizens safe.

"As a government all necessary action will be taken against any extremist group that is operating in our country," Wijewardene said.

Officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport have urged passengers to arrived four hours prior to their flight times, adding that no visitors would be allowed inside the airport.

Meanwhile, massive rescue operations are underway at the explosion sites, the police said.

There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.

Zarif condoles with Sri Lankan people over deadly attacks

NEW DELHI, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Indian Foreign Minster Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday that three Indian nationals were among those killed in a series of blasts that rocked Sri Lanka.

The eight bombs that ripped through three churches during Easter services, four luxury hotels and a guest house killed over 200 people and wounded 450 others.

"I have just spoken to the foreign minister of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana. He confirmed that unfortunately, 207 persons have lost their lives and more than 450 are injured in the terror blasts," Swaraj wrote on Twitter. "Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals."

New Delhi strongly condemn the blasts in Sri Lanka.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister and conveyed his heartfelt condolences at the loss of innocent lives in the attacks.

The Sri Lankan government has announced a curfew and temporary shutdown of social media.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The island nation in past has battled military campaign launched by the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were demanding separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces. The group collapsed in 2009 after its supreme leader was killed.


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