A sequence of bombs ripped by church buildings and motels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing not less than 290 individuals and injuring a whole lot. A number of of these bombs went off inside church buildings, throughout Easter providers in three cities.
Sri Lanka’s minority Christian group, which accounts for lower than 10% of the nation’s complete inhabitants of 21.four million, gave the impression to be the primary goal of the coordinated assaults.
Although it wasn’t instantly clear who was behind the eight explosions that paralyzed the nation, Manisha Gunasekera, excessive commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK, mentioned the blasts are “actually acts of terror.” Ten days earlier than the assault, an intelligence memo warning of a doable assault had been circulated, elevating questions on whether or not extra may have been achieved to forestall the assault. An island-wide curfew was applied till the next morning.
Right here’s what we find out about every location attacked on Sunday.
Produced by Bernadette Tuazon, Sean O’Key and Darran Simon. Cody McCloy, Natalie Yubas and Henrik Pettersson contributed to this report.