In Sri Lanka, thirteen people were arrested in connection with the Sunday morning attacks. Sunday night an explosive was found at the airport of the capital Colombo. This explosive has been made harmless. The Sri Lankan police report this to the Newsfirst news site.
- Certainly 207 deaths
- 450 injured reported
- Certainly one Dutch dead confirmed
- Three Roman Catholic churches and three five-star hotels hit
- Attempts not yet claimed
- Thirteen arrests
A total of eight attacks took place in Sri Lanka on Sunday. At least 207 people were killed, including a 54-year-old Dutch woman and 450 wounded. The killed Dutchman lived abroad, but not in Sri Lanka.
Earlier on Sunday, seven people were arrested in a police raid. Three agents died as a result of a suicide attack.
An explosive was also found at Colombo airport on Sunday evening. This explosive is immediately made harmless. As far as is known, no injuries occurred.
42Special unit invades Sri Lankan house after attacks
At least 35 foreign victims
According to the National Hospital in Colombo, at least 35 foreign victims have fallen. This is reported by the Sri Lankan news site Newsfirst. The foreigners who died in the attacks are from Denmark, China, the United States, Japan, Pakistan, Morocco, India and Bangladesh.
Whether more Dutch people have been affected by the attacks is still unknown. The trade association General Dutch Association of Travel Companies (ANVR) reports in any case that there are no victims at one of the affiliated travel agencies, including TUI and Thomas Cook.
282 Dutch people registered securely via Ikbenveilig.nl
The Red Cross had opened the website Ikbenveilig.nl on Sunday morning, so that Dutch people in Sri Lanka can let their loved ones know how they are doing.
Conversely, the home front can search by name for family or friends who are in the affected area. There were 282 matches just after 8 p.m.: people who were present in Sri Lanka who told their loved ones that they were okay.
The Ikbenveilig.nl site opens in the event of major disasters and calamities, in order to facilitate communication in often chaotic situations.
First explosions reported around 10 a.m.
The first explosions in Sri Lanka were reported around 10 a.m. local time (6.30 a.m. Dutch time). These attacks took place in a church in the Katuwapitiya district in Negombo, north of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
Explosives also went off in churches in Kochchikade, on the west coast, and Batticaloa, on the east coast. Because of Easter it was busy in the churches.
Explosives also went off in three hotels in the center of Colombo. The attacks have been reported in the hotels Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand. Many foreign tourists would stay in those hotels.
In Cinnamon Grand, an explosive fire went off in the restaurant on the ground floor, the hotel reports via Twitter. It is not yet known where the explosions took place in the other hotels.
1Explosion in Sri Lankan church with dashcam captured
Later a suicide attack took place as a result of a police raid. Three agents died
Sri Lanka travel advice adjusted
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs tightened the travel advice to Sri Lanka on Sunday morning due to "security risks".
The ministry advises people who are in Sri Lanka to avoid the surroundings of the attacks and to follow the instructions of the local authorities. Tourists must also take into account extra security measures around the airport. The airport is open, but according to the ministry one must be present four hours before departure.
Finally, a curfew has been set up in Sri Lanka. This means that nobody can be on the street between six in the evening and six in the morning.
The Ministry has also opened an emergency number for questions about the attacks.
Sri Lankan authorities speak of "act of terror"
The attacks have not yet been claimed, but the Sri Lankan authorities speak of a "terrorist act" for which "extremist groups" would be responsible. The Sri Lankan defense minister reports this.
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.
The police allegedly warned nationwide ten days ago of attacks on important churches.
Prime Minister Sri Lanka: there were indications of the attacks
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe admitted that the government did indeed have important information about the attacks in advance. The information would not have been shared with ministers.
Prime Minister Wickremsinghe said that there had been no adequate response to the attacks. He also spoke about an investigation being conducted to determine how the crucial information was used.
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