Sri Lankan bombing attack review
---8 explosions occurred in two periods, mostly made by suicide attackers---
The Sri Lankan authorities said that most of the series of bombings were suicide attacks.
2. Heavy casualties
---Heavy casualties include dozens of foreigners---
Witnesses told reporters that many people were injured and ambulances took over the wounded.
On the day of the incident, Sri Lanka’s First News TV reported that at least 207 people, including more than 30 foreigners, were killed in eight attacks. According to local media reports, the death toll has risen to 321. Many foreign embassies began to verify whether their citizens were killed or injured in the attack.
3. In doubt
Why was the location of the explosion chosen in churches and hotels?
The hotels exploding are high-end hotels that are popular with foreigners. They are all located near the famous Gallefield Green Square in Colombo. It is a place for Westerners to enter and exit more than a few kilometers. The churches that exploded were also famous local churches, and religious activities were taking place during the explosion of the three churches.
The location of the attack showed commonality: there were a large number of people, religious places, and many foreigners. So far, 35 foreigners have been killed in the attack.
Why was the explosion time chosen on the 21st?
After the attack, the media have noticed that April 21 this year is a Western holiday Easter. Choosing to create an explosion on the same day will have a huge impact on the international community. Although Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, it has been strongly colonized by Portugal, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It has a strong religious diversity. Buddhist temples, churches, mosques and other places of worship are frequented by local people. Every Christmas, Easter, etc., Sri Lanka has a very rich atmosphere that will attract many Western tourists.
---40 suspects have been arrested until 23th April---
The Sri Lankan authorities announced that a curfew was imposed on the entire island of Sri Lanka from 18:00 on the 21st of local time to 6:00 on the 22nd. As of now, the police have arrested seven suspects in the bombings. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickler Masinha called on the people to be more united in this sad moment.
5. Explosion or early warning
Agence France-Presse reported that 10 days before the attack, Sri Lankan police were warned that a religious extremist organization called NTJ might launch a suicide attack against the church.
Sri Lanka mourns as investigation into deadly blasts continues
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