Attacks in Sri Lanka: Police source says that a warning note circulated in advance

The memorandum was dated April 11 and was signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police of Sri Lanka. The attack leaves hundreds dead and wounded. How the at ...


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(CNN) - Before the explosions in Sri Lanka this Sunday, a note warned of a possible attack and requested greater security, a police source told CNN.

The memorandum was dated April 11 and was signed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan telecom minister Harin Fernando tweeted a photo of the memo this Sunday.

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"Some intelligence agents were aware of this incident. Therefore, there was a delay in the action. What my father also heard was from an intelligence officer. Serious steps must be taken to explain why this warning was ignored. I was in Badulla last night, "he wrote.

It is not yet clear who caused the attacks. What is known is that at least seven people were arrested in connection with the attacks and three policemen were killed during a raid on a house in connection with the attacks.

"The Colombo crime division ... went to a house in [Mahawila Gardens] in Dematagoda, in connection with the information received regarding the explosions at these hotels," police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said at a conference. of the press

The prime minister answers

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesing told a news conference that there appears to have been information about a possible attack before the eight attacks on Sunday.

The prime minister said he was not kept informed about the information and that it is one of the issues that should be analyzed.

"For now, the priority is to stop the attackers," he added.

1 of 9 | Sri Lankan officials inspect San Sebastian Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured after multiple explosions that rocked churches and luxury hotels. (Credit: Getty Images)

2 of 9 | A relative of a victim of an explosion in a church in Sri Lanka cries in front of a hospital in Batticaloa, in the east of the country. According to census data, 70.2% of Sri Lankans identify themselves as Buddhists, 12% Hindu, 9.7% Muslim and 7.4% Christian. It is estimated that 82% of Christians in Sri Lanka are Roman Catholics. (Credit: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP / Getty Images)

3 of 9 | An injured Sri Lankan woman is transported on a stretcher in a hospital after an explosion at a church in Batticaloa. The first wave of attacks hit the heart of the country's minority Christian community during Easter activities in the churches of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa this Sunday morning (Credit: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP / Getty Images)

4 out of 9 | Sri Lankan security personnel pass by the rubble outside the Church of Sion after an explosion in Batticaloa, east of Sri Lanka. The violence ends a decade of relative peace in Sri Lanka after the end of its civil war in 2009. Terrorist bombings were common during the brutal 25-year struggle. (Credit: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP / Getty Images)

5 out of 9 | Sri Lankan Task Force personnel are outside a house during a raid, after a suicide blast killed a search agent on the property in the Orugodawatta area of ​​the capital, Colombo. The country's police imposed a curfew on the entire island from 6 pm local time (8:30 am ET on Sunday) until morning. (Credit: ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP / Getty Images)

6 out of 9 | Sri Lankan security personnel guard outside the church premises after an explosion at the San Antonio Shrine. According to the minister of economic reforms of Sri Lanka, Harsha de Silva, the authorities of the country called an emergency meeting with the heads of the army, the air force and the navy (Credit: ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP / Getty Images)

7 out of 9 | Sri Lankan police are inspecting the site of one of the eight explosions, a restaurant at the luxury Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. The hotel is popular with foreign tourists and the business community of the country (Credit: ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP / Getty Images)

8 out of 9 | Sri Lankan security personnel guard outside the church premises after an explosion at the San Antonio Shrine in Kochchikade. (Credit: ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP / Getty Images)

9 of 9 | Sri Lankan security personnel pass by the rubble outside the Church of Sion after an explosion in Batticaloa, east of Sri Lanka. The violence ends a decade of relative peace in Sri Lanka after the end of its civil war in 2009. Terrorist bombings were common during the brutal 25-year struggle. (Credit: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP / Getty Images)

The attacks in Sri Lanka

The wave of attacks in Sri Lanka consisted of eight explosions in total, which left at least 207 dead and hundreds more wounded on Easter Sunday.

By Sunday afternoon, there were eight explosions and the government had announced a curfew across the island starting at 6 pm local time (8:30 am ET on Sunday) until the next morning. The social networking sites were also blocked while the investigations were being carried out.

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"These are certainly acts of terror," Sri Lanka's high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Manisha Gunasekera, told CNN.

"This is an attack against all of Sri Lanka because Sri Lanka is a very multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural country and the whole country meets to celebrate Easter Sunday."

This is the complete list of the sites where an explosion occurred reported so far:

  • Sanctuary of San Antonio, Kochchikade
  • Church of San Sebastián, Negombo
  • Church of Sion, Batticaloa
  • Canela Grand, Colombo
  • Hotel Shangri-La, Colombo
  • The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
  • Near the Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
  • A house in the gardens of Mahawila, Dematagoda

A wall and a statue of Jesus Christ in the Church of San Sebastián in Negombo are stained with blood. (Credits: AP)

Christians as goal in Sri Lanka

Christianity is a minority religion in Sri Lanka, representing less than 10% of the total population of 21.4 million inhabitants.

According to census data, 70.2% of Sri Lankans identify themselves as Buddhists, 12% Hindu, 9.7% Muslim and 7.4% Christian.

It is estimated that 82% of Christians in Sri Lanka are Roman Catholics.

Relatives of bombing victims gather in a morgue in Colombo. (Credits: Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters)

With information from journalist Sandun Arosha F'do from Colombo.

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