Patiently the assassin with his plate at the Breakfast buffet waited until he was in the series. Then he lit the explosives on his back. Within seconds, the busy, cheerful Bustle to hit on Easter Sunday in the Restaurant of the luxury hotel, Cinnamon Grand, Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo into a veritable Inferno. This witnesses the AFP reported eyes.
all hell broke loose at almost the same time in other places of the island: In three Christian churches, the assassin struck – ironically, during the Easter fair. Other Hotels were the target of attacks. 290 people were torn, according to the latest data of the authorities in the course of a few hours in Sri Lanka by force from the life – believers in the Easter service, leisure guests, the restaurant guests.
around noon German time on Easter Monday it was said that the Sri Lankan government make a local radical Islamic group for the attacks from the day before is responsible. The government is firmly convinced that the group’s National Thowheeth Jama’ath had perpetrated the suicide bombing, said Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne. Previously, it had given instructions to stop the plans of the group.
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death during the Easter fair – more than 200 people die in attacks in Sri Lanka
DPA Explosion by a suspected suicide attack
“It was 8.30 PM,” says an employee of the hotel, Cinnamon Grand. “There was a lot to do, we had a lot of families.” The Easter weekend was fully booked. Suddenly – an Explosion. After that, I then “reigned complete Chaos,” says the employee. One of the managers, who welcomed the guests in the Restaurant, had immediately been dead. At least for the Hotel Cinnamon Grand seems to be clear that the fact goes on the account of a suicide bomber. Hotel employees reported the Suspect: He had checked out on the eve of under the name of Mohamed Azzam Mohamed and claimed to have done business in Colombo, they reported to the AFP. Neither his Name nor his address but would have voted.
The Five-star Hotel is within the vicinity of the residence of the heads of government, special units of the police were quickly on the spot. They collected the body parts of the bomber and took them away, while the seriously injured were transported as quickly as possible to the National Hospital of Colombo.
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In Colombo’s historic Church of St. Anthony, it lasted longer, until help arrived. The believers celebrated the Easter mass, there was an Explosion the building shook. One shopkeeper immediately ran from his place of business in the neighboring Church. “It was like a river of blood,” he said. “The priest came to, he was covered in blood.” Part of the roof of the historic Church collapsed, the floor with tiles, gesplittertem glass and pieces of wood littered. In addition to blood were laughing corpses, makeshift Blankets, scarves and clothes covered.
In the St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, a small town not far from Colombo, is of the roof, only the skeleton left. Banks are in a mess, hung a body. In between acquisition were lots of police officers and Church representatives. Between the benches upside down, clamped, a Statue of Christ. A local resident reported to AFP that his brother was in the Explosion in the Church. “A piece of the roof fell on his head, he was bleeding heavily from his ear,” he said. “We are in shock.”
police warned of attacks
A similar picture of devastation is also reflected in the Zion Church in Batticaloa on Sri Lanka’s East coast. At least 25 people were killed. Even in the luxury hotels, Shangri-La and Kingsbury in Colombo, the damage seems to be considerable, but both buildings are locked, no one comes in.
The attacks make stunned. Who stands behind it, was initially unclear: most of The people in Sri Lanka are Buddhists, and only six percent are Catholics. They include both Sinhalese as well as representatives of the Tamil minority. However, the police had warned of ten days prior to the plans of a radical Islamic group to carry out suicide attacks on well-known churches, as well as on the Indian Embassy in Colombo. He cited information from a “foreign intelligence service”.
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