Sri Lanka imposes curfew 'until further notice'

Monday, 22 Apr, 2019

Horrific serial blasts ripped three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka killing over 150 people and leaving more than 300 injured on Sunday morning.

The government imposed an indefinite nationwide curfew.

An official at the hotel told AFP the blast there had hit the restaurant, and reported at least one person had been killed.

Further the High Commission of India in Colombo, Sri Lanka shared the contact details on Twitter for Indian citizens in need of assistance and for seeking clarification about the explosions in Colombo, the town of Negombo, outside the capital and in Batticalao, in the east of the country.

Sri Lanka has a total population of about 22 million people, with about 70 percent Buddhist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country's 2012 census.

"If I don't reply to your messages it is because WhatsApp and Facebook appears to have been shut down in Sri Lanka", local Roshni Fernando tweeted.

What is known is at least seven people have been arrested in connection with the bombings and three police officers were killed during a house raid in connection to the attacks.

"Thoughts are with the victims and their relatives".

He said he had been to two of the attacked hotels and was at the scene at St Anthony's Shrine and described "horrible scenes".

"We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts".

Numerous commenters asked why the BuzzFeed News world editor would politicize the terrorist attacks.

"Strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on churches & hotels in Colombo on Easter Sunday. Collectively we must find the will and the answers to end such violence".

"Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties", a source with the bomb squad said.

"I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong". "The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation", the prime minister tweeted. That number will nearly certainly rise, given the hundreds that were also injured in the eight attacks at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

"There are many Australians regularly travelling in Sri Lanka and our mission in Colombo will be following through on the safety of those Australians".

Fernando told The Washington Post she grew up in London but recently moved to Sri Lanka and lives in the capital, Colombo, one of the cities targeted in the attacks.

In a statement today, the ministry expressed Malaysia's condemnation of the attack.

The spokeswoman said anyone concerned about friends and family in Sri Lanka should contact their loved ones directly and, if that fails, contact DFAT.