Sri Lanka lifts curfew after bomb attacks kill 290, wound 500

Daniel Fowler
April 23, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning".

"We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country", Senaratne said.

The Supreme Court later reversed his actions, but the Prime Minister has not been allowed into meetings of the Security Council since October, which meant he and his Government were in the dark about the intelligence.

The detonators were discovered on Monday at a private bus stand located in the Pettah neighborhood of Colombo, police said.

"People were being dragged out", said Bhanuka Harischandra, of Colombo, a 24-year-old founder of a tech marketing company who was going to the Shangri-La Hotel for a meeting when it was bombed.

At a vigil in Melbourne, Fahim Mawjood told SBS that the family had travelled back to Sri Lanka a few years ago to care for a relative.

Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday in Colombo, April 22, 2019.

The US State Department confirmed that at least four Americans were among the dead and several others were seriously wounded, but it did not release any identities.

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"This is, by all accounts, an intelligence failure", said Hoffman, explaining that security services are supposed to penetrate extremist networks and preempt attacks.

"What we've seen is that when social media is shut down, it creates a vacuum of information that's readily exploited by other parties", said Alp Toker, executive director of the London-based group. The explosion occurred when a bomb being defused by police went off. An individual being questioned by police also detonated a suicide bomb near a housing complex on the outskirts of the capital. For those (rightfully) concerned about any Sri Lanka travel plans they may have lined up, the good news is that airlines such as IndiGo and Air India are offering free cancellations and rescheduling for flights to and from Colombo.

The ministry of foreign affairs said it had identified 31 foreign nationals among the dead, with 14 unaccounted for.

Two of the eight Britons who died had dual U.S. citizenship. Mr Povlsen owns the Bestseller clothing chain and holds a majority stake in clothing giant Asos.

A pair holding dual USA and British nationalities was among the 11 foreigners killed after a series of explosions struck three churches and three luxury hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka's capital Easter Sunday, leaving at least 290 people dead and more than 500 others injured, officials said.

Her husband, Ben Nicholson, survived.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office, Mr Nicholson said: "I am deeply distressed at the loss of my wife and children".

He added that his wife, a lawyer for mining firm Anglo American, "was a wonderful, flawless wife and a brilliant, loving and inspirational mother to our two wonderful children". "Alex and Annabel were the most unbelievable, intelligent, talented and thoughtful children and Anita and I were immensely proud of them both".

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