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Easter Sunday Blasts in Sri Lanka: Death toll 207, more than 450 injured

One suspect has been arrested in connection with the explosion in the vicinity of the Dehiwala Zoo

Three Policemen sacrificed in Dematagoda blast


The death toll following eight explosions in the country has risen to 188, hospital sources said.

Meanwhile, more than 450 people have been injured in these explosions which had taken place this morning.

The explosions had taken place in Colombo, Katana, Batticaloa since morning today (Apr 21).

Further, a total of 11 foreign tourists have been reported dead. Currently identified nationalities among the dead include - 1 Polish national, 1 Danish nationality, 2 Chinese, 1 Japanese national.

In addition, tourists from Pakistan, USA, Morocco, India and Bangladesh are also reported to have been injured in the explosions

Meanwhile, One suspect has been arrested in connection with the explosion in the vicinity of the Dehiwala Zoo, Dehiwala police said.

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The suspect is being questioned by the Dehiwala Police.

The explosion had occurred at a lodge in the vicinity of the Dehiwela Zoo leaving two dead.

Meanwhile,, The law will be enforced to its fullest extent on those involved in today's incidents, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today (Apr 21).

He made this remark while delivering a special statement in the aftermath of today's explosions.

The Premier noted that the police is currently conducting investigations into today's incidents which had targetted several religious places of worship.

Mr. Wickremesinghe also said that talks have been held between the President and Ministers on the current situation in the country.

Meanwhile, “I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community [of Sri Lanka], wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence.” 

Pope Francis spoke those words of solidarity at the conclusion of his Easter Urbi et Orbi address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. 

 The Pope said the multiple attacks on churches and hotels around Sri Lanka “have wrought grief and sorrow”. “I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished,” he said, “and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”

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