During attacks in Sri Lanka at least 138 people died on Sunday and 400 people were injured by six explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. In this live blog we will keep you informed of the events.

Good morning, my name is Joost Nederpelt and in this live blog I will keep you informed of the events in Sri Lanka, where there have been several attacks on Sunday morning.

  • Certainly 138 dead
  • 400 injured reported
  • Explosions in churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa
  • Also blasts in three Colombo hotels
  • Possibly also Dutch victims
  • Attempts not yet claimed

a few seconds ago

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot yet confirm that there are Dutch deaths among the victims in Sri Lanka.

6 minutes ago

Of the 35 foreign victims, there are also American and British nationality, a spokesman said in one of the hospitals in the capital, Colombo. That reports AFP news agency.

7 minutes ago

The authorities have reported six explosions. It concerns three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa and the three hotels Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury in Colombo.

8 minutes ago

AFP news agency reports that there are Dutch victims in Sri Lanka.

11 minutes ago

The interior of the church in Kochchikade, where one of the attacks took place.

13 minutes ago

Security services have been called in large numbers.

16 minutes ago

Various media have since reported that the death toll has risen to 156, including 35 foreigners. (AFP)

23 minutes ago

A BBC reporter on the spot reports: "It was a quiet Sunday morning, nobody expected this. Everyone went to church for Easter Mass, and then the attack came.

"I spoke with priests who are shocked. The intelligence services are also surprised. It was a very well-planned and organized attack. The leaders of the security services really have no idea who is behind it."

26 minutes ago

The official death toll of the attacks in Sri Lanka is 138, the authorities report. Four hundred people were injured by the simultaneous explosions in three churches and three luxury hotels. The Sri Lankan government assumes that the attacks were coordinated.

28 minutes ago

One of the attacks in a church took place in a neighborhood of Negombo. This city is ten minutes from the international airport of Sri Lanka. Many tourists stay here the first or last night of their vacation in Sri Lanka.

31 minutes ago

Prime Minister Rutte's first reaction.

Terrible reports from Sri Lanka about bloody attacks on hotels and churches on this Easter Sunday. @MinBZ follows the situation closely and finds out if Dutch people are involved. Thoughts are with the victims and their relatives.

Avatar Author Mark Rutte Moment of places09: 36 - April 21, 2019

34 minutes ago

It is with deep regret that we wish to inform that an explosion occurred in a restaurant located on the ground floor of the @CinnamonGrandC earlier today.

Avatar AuthorCinnamon HotelsMoment of places08: 52 - April 21, 2019

35 minutes ago

The ikbenveilig.nl website has been opened by the Red Cross. This allows the Dutch in Sri Lanka to let them know that they are safe.

39 minutes ago

It is not yet known at the travel agencies TUI and Thomas Cook whether there are also Dutch tourists among the victims who fell in Sri Lanka during the attacks. The guests of these travel companies are certainly not accommodated in the hotels that were the target of the attacks, said the spokespersons.

"But they may have been elsewhere or visited one of the affected churches. We are still trying to figure it out," said a spokeswoman for Thomas Cook.

Also nothing was known at the SOS International alarm center. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also investigating whether there are reports of Dutch victims.

41 minutes ago

This number is set by the Sri Lankan government for foreigners who need information.

SLTDA urges the general public to depend on information from credible sources and refrain from sharing unverified news from unknown sources, which may instigate unnecessary fear among all of us, specially the tourists in Sri Lanka.Full post: https://t.co/ TuGsU60eZJ

Avatar Author Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Moment of Places 9: 10 - 21 April 2019

an hour ago

The French news agency AFP says it has seen a ten-day-old warning about suicide attacks on important churches. The police would have issued that warning nationwide. The National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) is said to have planned the attacks. NTJ is a group of radical Muslims who were held responsible for the destruction of Buddhist images last year.

an hour ago

I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.

Avatar AuthorRanil WickremesingheMoment of places08: 46 - April 21, 2019

an hour ago

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka said he "condemned the cowardly attack on the Sri Lankans".

an hour ago

Reuters news agency reports that the number of deaths has risen to 138.

an hour ago

Images show havoc after attacks in Sri Lanka

an hour ago

The French news agency AFP reports, based on the police, that at least nine foreigners are among the fatalities.

# BREAKING At least nine foreigners dead in Sri Lanka blasts: police official

Avatar AuthorAFP news agencyMoment of places08: 49 - April 21, 2019

an hour ago

Rumors circulating on social media that the Red Cross building was attacked is false and wrong information. Please refrain from spreading unauthentic and false information on Social Media.

Avatar Author Sri Lanka Red Cross Time of places08: 36 - April 21, 2019

an hour ago

The wounded were taken to different hospitals in the capital, Colombo. The authorities have called for donating blood. All public schools close for two days.

an hour ago

The havoc in the church in Kochchikade.

2 hours ago

Also at the church in Batticaloa, in the east of Sri Lanka, at least 25 people would have died. (Reuters)

2 hours ago

According to police, at least 26 deaths have been reported in the church in Kochchikade. The Sri Lankan government is holding an emergency meeting.

2 hours ago

Death toll- Colombo explosions: 40 dead, 295 injured (National Hospital Director) - Katuwapitiya: 93 dead- Batticaloa: 27 dead, 73 injured #lka #SriLanka

Avatar Author News 1st Time of places 8: 18 - 21 April 2019

2 hours ago

The Sri Lankan news channel NewsFirst reports that at least 160 people died in the various attacks.

2 hours ago

The affected hotels in Colombo are the Shangri La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury hotel, the BBC reports.

2 hours ago

Nearly 100 poeple have been killed several bomb blasts in #srilanka #lka #breaking

Avatar AuthorAshan Paranahewa🇱🇰Moment of places08: 17 - 21 April 2019

2 hours ago

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drawn up an emergency number after the attacks in Sri Lanka.

Explosions at churches and hotels in #SriLanka. We follow the situation closely and find out if Dutch people are involved.

Avatar Author24 / 7 BZMoment of places07: 40 - April 21, 2019

2 hours ago

Local media in Sri Lanka report that there are also tourists among the victims.

2 hours ago

Emergency services at a church in Kochchikade. That place is also north of Colombo, on the west coast.

2 hours ago

An explosion reported on the premises of the St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade Colombo #lka

Avatar Author Aashik Nazarde and Moment of Places 05: 59 - April 21, 2019

2 hours ago

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it is closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka. It is investigated whether Dutch people are involved in the explosions.

2 hours ago

Police in Sri Lanka say that in an attack on a church in Katuwapitiya, just north of Colombo, 50 people were killed alone (Reuters).

2 hours ago

Easter is an important holiday in Christianity. Sri Lanka has a Christian minority, mainly from Roman Catholics.

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