Sri Lanka jihadist attack fact sheet


News Desk

– 207 people killed, mostly locals and at least 32 foreigners

– 450 wounded

– Eight blasts in all, most suspected to be suicide attacks, in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa

– Six nearly simultaneous blasts in three churches – St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa – where worshippers were celebrating Easter and in three luxury hotels – the Shangri-La, Kingsbury Colombo Hotel and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo – frequented by foreign tourists

– Hours later, a blast at a guesthouse, the Tropical Inn in Colombo, kills at least two

– The eighth explosion is in a house in the area of Dematagoda on the outskirts of Colombo, killing three police officers who went to question suspects following a tip-off

– No one has taken responsibility for the attacks but seven suspects have been arrested

– The government admits it had prior information of a possible attack and attention is turning to an Islamist group; a minister earlier said it was a terrorist attack by religious extremists

– The attacks are the worst chaos Sri Lanka has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago

– A nationwide curfew imposed from 6pm Sunday to 6am Monday, access to social media and messaging sites including Facebook and WhatsApp blocked

– Sri Lankan Airlines tells passengers they will be able to make their flights out by showing tickets and passports at checkpoints, and to arrive four hours before their scheduled flights

– Security has been stepped up at the international airport


Majority of the dead are locals but among them are at least 32 foreigners including Americans, Bangladeshis, Belgian, Japanese, Indians, and Pakistanis.

5 Britons, two of them dual US nationals

3 Indians.


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