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A “brand-new type of terrorism:” At least 290 people are now known to have died in a coordinated attack on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.



luxury hotels and churches across Sri Lanka were bombed with at least 140 dead and about 600 injured.


Here’s the full list of blast sites reported so far:
  • St Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade
  • St Sebastian’s Church, Negombo
  • Zion Church, Batticaloa
  • Cinnamon Grand, Colombo
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
  • The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
  • Near Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
  • A house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda

“…….Christianity is a minority religion in Sri Lanka, accounting for less than 10% of the total population of 21.4 million.

According to census data, 70.2% of Sri Lankans identify as Buddhist, 12% Hindu, 9.7% Muslim, and 7.4% Christian.
It is estimated that 82% of Sri Lankan Christians are Roman Catholic……”

Up to six explosions have been reported at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians celebrate Easter. Twenty possibly dead and at least 160 wounded



              Locator Map for Sri Lanka

“… least 80 people had been admitted to hospital in the capital, Colombo…….”


4/19/1995: A massive truck bomb explodes outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma killing more than 160 people, injuring more than 500 and trapping dozens more in the rubble.


Aerial view of the aftermath of truck bombing of the Aflred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995.

Credit:   FBI


4/18/1983: The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, is almost completely destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that kills 63 people, including the suicide bomber and 17 Americans.


4/15/2013: two bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 others



10/23/1983: A suicide bomber drives a truck filled with 2,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and 3 soldiers.

History Channel


July 7, 2005: Suicide bombs are detonated in 3 crowded London subways and 1 bus during the peak of the city’s rush hour, killing 56 and injuring another 700.




15 Injured, Some Critically, After 2 Men Set Off IED At the Bombay Bhel Restaurant in the city of Mississauga.


Kandahar, Afghanistan: At least 16 people, including security personnel and bystanders, were killed on Tuesday as bomb disposal experts tried and failed to defuse explosives in a parked car.

NY Times



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