LIVE UPDATES | Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts sharply rises to 290, includes 5 Indians

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Following the tragic serial bomb blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the Sri Lankan government on Sunday imposed a ban on social media with immediate effect ‘until further notice’.

The death toll rose to 290 as over 500 people have been injured following several bomb blasts in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo amid Easter celebrations, state media reported on Sunday.

Sri Lankan news agency, News First, reported that explosions were heard near St. Anthony’s Church in Kochikade, St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Shangri La hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, and a church in Batticaloa.

 

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HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES-

  • Improvised bomb defused near Colombo airport by Sri Lankan air force: Police
  • Police have arrested 24 suspects till now in connection with attacks on churches and hotels: Local Media
  • Death toll rises to 290 and over 450 injured; five Indian among dead.

Death toll from attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels rises to 290, about 500 wounded: Police Spokesman


External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj: Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals.

 

Death toll from Sri Lanka’s eight explosions rises to 207; 450 injured, seven people arrested: Reuters quoting Sri Lanka Police.

“UPDATE: 7 individuals have been arrested in connection to the explosions across the country.”, News First reports.

 

Sri Lanka imposes ‘temporary’ ban on social media after blasts, reports AFP.

Sri Lanka Defence Minister orders night curfew after blasts: AFP


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AFP News Agency quoting police: Eighth blast hits Sri Lankan capital.

CREDITS: HIRU TV

AFP news agency quoting Sri Lankan Police: Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 156, including 35 foreigners.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted in strong condemnation of the ‘senseless violence’.

PM Modi strongly condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka in his tweets.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted extending his prayers and support to the people of Sri Lanka.

“There is an update from Colombo. There were three bomb blasts in Churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. There have been three blasts in Shangrila, Cinnamon Grand Kingsbury hotels in Colombo. “, tweeted EAM Sushma Swaraj.

“I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation.”, EAM Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

The Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka released helpline numbers for the Indian citizens in need of assistance in the explosions.

Police are investigating the matter. Further details are awaited.

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