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Easter Sunday bomb blasts in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, an investigator said on Monday, while a government spokesman said an international network was involved.

Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo’s seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government’s forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels. A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital Colombo were also targeted, but it was not immediately clear how those attacks were carried out. “Still the investigations are going on,” Welianga said. There was no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks, which mainly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down for breakfast buffets.

Rajitha Senaratne on Monday blamed President Maithripala Sirisena’s government for failing to act on intelligence shared 14 days before the multiple blasts that targeted churches and luxury hotels across the island nation. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Colombo, Senaratne said that failure to act against National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a hardline Muslim local organisation, had devastated the entire country.

Sri Lanka says attacks carried out by suicide bombers, international network involved, Reuters.
Sri Lanka attacks: government to declare nationwide emergency, The Guardian
What’s Behind the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka?, Foreign Policy
Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: Terrorist Group Is Identified, and Death Toll Rises, New York Times
Sri Lanka attacks: ‘International network’ linked to bombings, BBC
Rajitha Senaratne blames President Sirisena’s government for failing to act on intelligence reports, Al Jazeera


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Marzia Casolari has been interviewed by the Radiotelevisione svizzera.

Source: Radio Giornale RSI, April 21, 2019.

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Source: Radio Giornale RSI, April 22, 2019.

Marzia Casolari analyses the Sri Lanka’s situation, Modem, Radiotelevisione svizzera.

Source: Modem, April 23, 2019.



Giorgio Borsa

The Founder of Asia Maior

Università di Pavia

The "Cesare Bonacossa" Centre for the Study of Extra-European Peoples

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