Colombo, April 21, 2019:
Another explosion — the eighth of the day — was reported at a house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda in Sri Lanka where a fire was also reported.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the attacks has risen to
The island nation has been rocked by blasts since 8:45 am on Sunday and terror groups seem to have particularly targeted Churches and high-end hotels on Easter Sunday, which is one of the holiest of days for Christians.
Meanwhile, police in Sri Lanka will impose an island-wide curfew starting Sunday from 6 p.m. local finishing at 6 a.m. local on Monday morning.
The seven bombings that occurred on Easter Sunday took place in locations across the country, largely in the capital, Colombo, but also in churches and hotels in other Sri Lankan cities.
The three churches that were attacked are St Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, St. Sebastian’s church in the nearby city of Negombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa.
Three of the hotels, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, are located in Colombo. A fourth bomb went off later in the day in front of the Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, 20 minutes outside of the capital.