Last Easter Sunday, there was a series of explosions in different parts of Sri Lanka. Almost 300 people were killed and hundreds were injured. The attacks happened in churches and high-end hotels. Eight blasts were reported.
Who is responsible for the bombing in Sri Lanka?
To date, it is still a mystery on who’s responsible for the bombing in Sri Lanka. This came as a shock to the entire globe as Sri Lanka was peaceful for a decade after the end of civil war. In fact, it has been an amazing destination for tourists.
According to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Housing, Sajith Premadasa, the attacks last Easter Sunday was a brand new type of terrorism. He also said that since they have not experienced a similar attack before, this recent one made them extremely disturbed.
Who were the targets?
Based on the areas that were attacked, it seemed that the bombings targeted Christians and places where there were a lot of foreign tourists. The latter is probably a strategy to gain worldwide media attention. There were at least 35 foreigners who were killed in the bombing. Most of them are Americans, and some of them were Dutch, Portuguese, British, and Chinese.
Was there a warning?
According to reports, a top Sri Lankan police official has issued a warning 10 days before on the potential attacks. This letter has yet to be verified. The Prime Minister said that he had not been informed. Further investigation will take place as to why tighter security was not put in place.
No social media
Residents and tourists are not able to use social media unless they have a foreign sim card or Virtual Private Network. This was an order from the government after the recent attacks in Sri Lanka. Facebook, Whatsapp, and Viber are inaccessible. This is to prevent the spread of fake news. Meanwhile, Twitter is used by the government to spread information.
Shangri – La bombing
One of the hotels that were attacked was Shangri – La and a guest was able to share what she witnessed after the bombing. She said that people were having brunch on the third floor of the hotel when the blast happened at around 8:57 a.m. All the guests were ordered to leave immediately. It was a gruesome sight for the guests who were able to survive as they saw blood on the floor. During this time, they had no clue about what happened.
Latest! Improvised bomb discovered
An improvised bomb was found in Colombo’s airport. According to the police, it was defused by the Sri Lanka airforce. It was a six-foot homemade bomb where the explosives were placed in the pipe. It is believed that the IED was made locally.
Apparently, there were flight disruptions and the country’s national carrier, Sri Lankan, has requested the passengers to check-in at least four hours before their flight. The passengers can expect tighter security checks in the airport.
The pain of the civil war is still there, and yet people from Sri Lanka will try to heal another deep wound caused by the recent bombings.