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    Default Sri Lanka Terrorists Killed over 207 and 470 injured in 8 Easter Sunday Explosions

    Sri Lankan police arrest seven terror suspects after 'being warned of Easter attack by Muslim extremists TEN DAYS before suicide bombers killed 207 people'


    • Eight explosions killed approximately 207 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday
    • Sri Lanka's police chief issued an intelligence alert 10 days ago, reports indicate
    • It was said he warned that suicide bombers planned to hit 'prominent churches'
    • Seven suspects have been arrested following the blasts in Sri Lanka today
    • By Henry Martin For Mailonline and Afp


    Published: 05:23 EDT, 21 April 2019 | Updated: 10:42 EDT, 21 April 2019

    Sri Lanka's police chief warned of potential suicide bombing plots on 'prominent churches' from Islamic extremists ten days before today's attacks which killed 207 people, according to reports.

    Seven suspects have been arrested so far after the blasts hit high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring as many as 500 people.

    The cause was not immediately clear, and there have been no claims of responsibility so far, though the country remains deeply scarred by its 1983-2009 civil war, when Tamil rebels fought to create an independent homeland.

    Recently a religious divide has taken hold in the country, which is 70 percent are Buddhist, 13 per cent Hindu, 10 per cent Muslim, and seven per cent Christian, according to the country's 2012 census.

    Documents seen by news agency AFP reveal that Sri Lanka's police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit 'prominent churches'.

    'A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama'ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,' the alert said.

    The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.

    The first blast was reported at St Anthony's Shrine, a well-known Catholic church in the capital Colombo.

    A second deadly explosion was then confirmed at St Sebastian's, a church in the town of Negombo, north of the capital.

    Soon after, police confirmed that a third church in the town of Batticaloa had been hit, along with three high-end hotels in the capital.

    Hospital sources said British, Dutch and American citizens were among the dead, with Britons and Japanese among those injured in the attacks.


    The Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are the latest flashpoint amid ongoing religious tensions in the island nation.

    Sri Lanka has long been divided between the majority Sinhalese, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist, and minority Tamils who are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.

    A Christian group said there had been 86 cases of discrimination, threats and violence against followers of Jesus last year, with another 26 so far this year.

    The U.S. State Department warned in a 2018 report that Christians had been pressured to close places of worship after they were deemed 'unauthorised gatherings'.

    The report also said Buddhist monks regularly tried to close down Christian and Muslim places of worship.

    There have also been attacks on Muslims, with the government forced to declare a state of emergency amid a spate of anti-Muslim rioting.

    Hard-line Buddhist groups accuse Muslims of forcing people to convert and destroying sacred Buddhist sites.

    One radical Muslim group, the NTJ, has been linked to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues and has also reportedly plotted to attack Christian churches.


    Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation


    Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike.


    AFP|
    Apr 21, 2019, 06.15 PM IST

    The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back.

    Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant, a manager at the Sri Lankan hotel said.

    "There was utter chaos," said the manager, who spoke to AFP on condition...

    Sachintha bandaranayaka
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    Katuwapitiya church attack believe to be a Suicide attack. CCTV camera captured suspect carder image.#LKA #SriLanka #EasterSundayAttacksLK






    Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏ Retweeted
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    2h2 hours ago

    BREAKING: A minivan suspected to have been used to transport explosive material used in Colombo explosions taken into Police custody along with the driver. #SriLanka


    Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏
    ‏ @sotiridi
    15m15 minutes ago

    #Breaking: Police authorities in #SriLanka together with military intelligence says, that they have stopped a potential new explosion in #Colombo. When police arrested one man in a van stuffed full off explosive devices.


    Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏
    ‏ @sotiridi
    30m30 minutes ago

    #Update: British foreign minister of in the #UK says that in #SriLanka, that at least five British citizens were killed in the terror attacks in #Colombo.



    Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏
    ‏ @sotiridi
    1h1 hour ago

    #Update: Picture of the St.Paul Church in #Munich in #Germany, attacked with fireworks inside during Easter night service, were 24 people got injured in a stampede. And witnesses on the scene said that the attacker yelled "Allahu Akbar" after the fireworks.




    Ingrid Carlqvist
    ‏ @ingridcarlqvist

    Three of the suicide bombers in Sri Lanka had Muslim names. Anyone surprised? The group they suspect is called Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath. Police suspect they are ISIS fighters from Syria.
    8:47 AM - 21 Apr 2019

    https://twitter.com/ingridcarlqvist/...91131599790080


    Man At Arms
    ‏ @ManAtArms4Ever
    1m1 minute ago

    Where is the outrage #AOC, #IlhanOmar, #RashidaTlaib, #BernieSanders, #CoryBooker, #DNC, #HollywoodLiberals over the murder of #200Christians in #SriLanka? Will Leftists wear crosses like they did the hijab in solidarity with #Christians?

    MDWLive! SRI LANKA
    ‏ @MDWLiveSriLanka
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    Minister @fernandoharin confirms that some #SriLanka intelligence officers knew today’s incidents and actions were delayed/ignored. #lka




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    Default Re: Sri Lanka Terrorists Killed 207, Over 470 injured in 8 Easter Sunday Explosions

    Sri Lanka Police Chief Had Warned of Suicide Attack Threat Before Blasts

    Sri Lanka’s police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday’s bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”, according to the warning seen by AFP.

    Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara sent an intelligence warning to top officers on April 11 setting out the threat.

    “A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” said the alert.

    The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalization of Buddhist statues.

    At least 139 people were killed in six bomb attacks Sunday that included three churches.
    https://www.breitbart.com/news/sri-l...before-blasts/







    Two Suicide Bombers Behind Sri Lanka Blasts Identified As Zahran Hashim, Abu Mohammed


    A streak of devastating bomb blasts rocked the Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka with three blasts being reported out of 5-star hotels and three others from different churches which were especially crowded on the event of Easter Sunday, reports Economic Times.

    At least 156 people, including 35 foreigners were killed while 500 others have been reportedly injured. The numbers have continued to climb since morning 8.45am when the blasts took place.

    The attack on churches gains major significance given the Christian community constituting a minority of 7.6 per cent in the overall 22 million Sri Lankan population. Though, the true motive behind the attack remains a mystery given so far no individual or terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the shocking attacks, as of now, two suicide bombers have been identified as Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammed.

    According to the media reports, the first blast was reported from St Anthony's Church at Kochcikade in Colombo, second from St Sebastian's Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo and third from another church in Batticaloa. The three five-star hotels from where the blasts were reported are Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury.

    As per a News18 report, at least 2 blasts were carried out by suicide bombers. Suicide bombers were behind the attack at Shangri La Hotel and Batticaloa Church. The suicide bombers has been identified as Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammed, reports News18.
    https://swarajyamag.com/insta/two-su...rises-over-150

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    #BREAKING:
    Bomb found in Sri Lankan airport hours after explosions kill 207
    https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/21/bomb-...re.top.twitter … via @MetroUK

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/21/bomb-...re.top.twitter
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    Default Re: Sri Lanka Terrorists Killed over 207 and 470 injured in 8 Easter Sunday Explosion

    Sri Lanka bombing crackdown: 3 police killed in raid, several suspects in custody

    Sri Lankan authorities have taken seven suspects into custody, who they believe may be connected with a series of bombings on Easter Sunday. Three police officers were reportedly killed in the raid.

    The law enforcement deaths happened when they stormed a safehouse in Dematagoda, an area outside Colombo where the eighth explosion happened, a defense official said. A total of seven people were taken into custody in connection with the bombings.

    The series of apparently coordinated explosions in Sri Lanka targeted Christian churches and luxury hotels just as believers gathered to celebrate Easter. At least two of the attacks on the churches are believed to have been committed by suicide bombers.

    At least 207 people were killed and some 450 injured by the blasts, according to the latest police update. Among those killed were 27 foreign nationals, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said. China and the Netherlands each confirmed that one of the victims was their respective citizens.

    The government responded to the worst act of violence it has seen in a decade by imposing a curfew and suspending social media.

    https://www.rt.com/news/457158-stri-...olice-arrests/



    Instant News Alerts
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    #BREAKING: 262 people now reported killed and more than 450 injured in the #SriLanka bombings



    UA News
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    14m14 minutes ago

    #BREAKING: Death toll rises to 262 in Sri Lanka bombings.

    Obianuju Ekeocha
    ‏Verified account @obianuju

    Whoa! This is more widespread than I thought��

    Dear Christian brothers and sisters, it seems the Democrats are in the process of renaming us to���� “Easter worshippers”.

    Thanks @DefeatTheElites for putting them all on one page.



    Read the rest of the link here:

    https://twitter.com/obianuju/status/1120131820702568448





    merald Robinson✝️
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    Emerald Robinson✝️ Retweeted Jack Posobiec

    All the Dems have been instructed to AVOID calling those who were murdered "Christians" - it's important that Christians return the favor and avoid voting for politicians who do such things.

    https://twitter.com/EmeraldRobinson/...99031840112640


    Concerned Citizen☄️
    ‏ @WebsterGladwin
    9m9 minutes ago

    They can't even say the word #Christians


    Padmaja
    ‏ @WokeHindu
    11m11 minutes ago
    Replying to @nytimes

    Gutter journalism at its finest.

    Hey, @nytimes: what do Hindus have ANYTHING to do with the recent terrorist act in #SriLanka??

    Oh that’s right: absolutely NOTHING.

    Yet one can always count on @nytimes to showcase hatred & bigoted writing against #Hindus.



    Katarina Kosa
    @catholicdisco
    11m11 minutes ago

    @JoeBiden I'd appreciate a clear condemnation of the terrorist attack against Christians in #SriLanka.
    Seems that your colleagues are having a hard time using the word #Christian or the cause when referring to the violence.




    Brady Jones
    ‏ @bradyjonestweet
    13m13 minutes ago

    #SriLanka
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians
    They were Christians

    Alam Chaudry
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    4m4 minutes ago

    Replying to @IlhanMN

    An #Islamist terror sympathizer has no right to criticize what happens within the citadel of Western Civilization, the very Civilization you intent on destroying.

    Look what your fellow #Islamist did in #SriLanka in the name of your monstrous ideology. #Someone did #Something!



    Saikiran Kannan
    ‏ @saikirankannan
    6m6 minutes ago

    Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunications & Sports for Srilanka says that he had prior information and was advised to not visit one of the churches that was attacked.

    Why was such info not circulated enough for security agencies to be vigil!?


    #SriLanka
    #SriLankaBlast


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    2m2 minutes ago

    Manu / ਮਨਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੂਤਧਾਰ Retweeted NDTV

    Situation is still deadly in #SriLanka

    디프티 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ(▀̿Ĺ̯▀̿ ̿)
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    디프티 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ(▀̿Ĺ̯▀̿ ̿) Retweeted Jenna Jameson

    What the F*CK is an "easter worshipper?"
    I dont see no Hindus going to mass
    No muslims going to mass
    No Sikhs going to mass

    THEY. ARE. CHRISTIANS.
    Have the decency to RESPECT them for what they are! C.H.R.I.S.T.I.A.N.S!!!

    Gosh this made me angry!
    #SriLanka #SriLankaAttacks


    Ava Reynero Pate
    ‏ @avaforcongress
    1m1 minute ago

    My heart & prayers goes out to #SRILanka
    I condemn such horrific acts on Christianity. And it’s called Jesus Christ believers & worshipers, not Easter worshipers.

    Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: Police Warned That Churches Were Targets

    Eureka Gangabada
    @eurekagangabada
    49s50 seconds ago

    @fernandoharin @ManoGanesan
    , why didn't you inform the citizens of #srilanka about the security threat? What did you or your government do to protect the citizens? Nothing! #Shame
    #EasterSundayAttacksLK


    Andrew
    ‏ @ADP255
    27s28 seconds ago

    Andrew Retweeted sunanda deshapriya

    the rift between @RW_UNP & @MaithripalaS has been the cause of over 220 deaths in #SriLanka

    Govt’s primary duty is to protect citizens

    Govt failed to act on credible intelligence reports! Today people dead as result!



    Nirmal Chandran
    ‏ @nimchand87
    22s23 seconds ago

    By noticing that nobody claimed #SriLankaAttacks till now. It seems still more to come before they claim the attacks. Stay safe #Srilanka
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