Easter Attacks: At Least 207 Dead, 7 Arrested

Sri Lanka has imposed a curfew, shut down social media
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2019 7:57 AM CDT
Easter Attacks: At Least 207 Dead, 7 Arrested
A relative of a blast victim grieves outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. More than hundred were killed and hundreds more hospitalized with injuries from eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday.   (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

At least eight bombs exploded in Sri Lanka, as Christians gathered to celebrate Easter on Sunday. The attacks targeted three churches and four five-star hotels frequented by tourists, as well as one blast on a highway overpass, reports the New York Times, and the death toll has now risen to 207, with that number expected to rise. More than 450 were wounded. A look around the latest:

  • CNN reports that at least seven people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, though most of the blasts were believed to be suicide bombings and there has been no claim of responsibility. CNN notes that around 30 foreigners are believed to be among those killed.

  • Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am, and shut down access to social media sites to prevent the spread of misinformation, reports MSNBC.
  • Despite the curfew, SriLankan Airlines is telling passengers scheduled to fly out of the country that they will be able to do so, reports the AP. Passengers will need to show up four hours early due to heightened security.
  • The attacks appear coordinated, Sri Lanka's finance minister says, per the Times, calling it "a well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem and anarchy."
  • President Trump responded via Twitter, saying that "The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!"
  • In his Easter Mass, Pope Francis decried the "cruel violence."
  • The AP takes a look at Sri Lanka's troubled history.
(More Sri Lanka stories.)

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