UN Security Council condemns terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka
The UN Security Council has condemned the series of heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s in Negambo, Zion Church in Batticaloa, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo, as well as three explosions across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, which resulted in nearly 300 killed and hundreds more wounded.
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Death toll rises to 310
The death toll from the Easter Sunday terror attacks has increased to 310 by this morning with 500 people have been injured, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.
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Amal Perera deported from Dubai
Six more individuals including Singer Amal Perera who were arrested along with notorious drug kingpin Makandure Madush in Dubai were deported this morning, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.
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Attacks of this magnitude were not expected: Defence Secy.
Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando said yesterday the Defence Ministry never expected an attack of this magnitude except for some isolated incidents in certain places.
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Int’l authorities warned of Easter Sunday attacks: Govt.
The government today admitted that foreign intelligence authorities warned of imminent terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.
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Stand committed to confront terrorism together: Pompeo
Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, today said the US grieves with the people of Sri Lanka and that they stand committed to confront terrorism together.
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Suicide bomber previously arrested for vandalism: Kabir
One of the suicide bombers who blew himself up in an attack last Sunday had been a suspect who was arrested a few months ago in connection with an incident in Mawanella in which Buddha statues were damaged, Highways Minister Kabir Hashim said at a press conference held today.
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Private Catholic schools to be closed till April 29
All private Catholic schools in the Western Province will be closed until April 29 considering the prevailing situation in country following the series of bomb attacks yesterday, National Director of Catholic Schools Rev. Fr. Ivan Perera told Daily Mirror today.
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INTERPOL deploys team to SL to support investigations
INTERPOL is deploying a team to Sri Lanka to assist the national authorities investigating the series of bomb attacks at churches and hotels which left nearly 300 dead and some 500 injured.
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Edinburgh University reverend launches crowdfunder to help SL victims
Edinburgh University’s campus minister Dr Liam Fraser has launched a crowdfunder to raise money for the victims of the devastating series of bombings that took place in the country on Easter Sunday, Edinburghlive reported.
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Will not allow similar situation to take place again : Prez assures to Cardinal
President Maithripala Sirisena said the government would not allow such a devastating situation to take place in future and it is taking every step to avert such a situation.
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Toll-free E’way exits from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm
According to instruction by the Road Development Authority (RDA), the Expressway Operation Maintenance and Management Division decided not to levy charges for vehicles at exit points from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm. It is applicable to all expressway users.
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Explosive device disposed in Kochchikade
An improvised explosive device was detected inside a van near the St. Anthony’s Church, Jampettah Road, Kochchikade, and was disposed in controlled explosion at the site by the Bomb Disposal Unit a short while ago, reporters said.
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87 detonators found from Bastian Mawatha Bus Station
Eighty-seven detonators had been found yesterday at the Bastian Mawatha Bus Station and in a garbage dump in the area this afternoon by the Police officers in Colombo Fort, Police said.
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Shangri-La suicide bomber identified
The police today informed Colombo Chef Magistrate’s Court that the suicide bomber of the Shangri-La hotel had been identified as Insan Seelavan and owned a factory in Avissawella- Wellampitiya road.
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Five Lankans nabbed by Navy with 275 kg of heroin
Based on information received from the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB), the Sri Lanka Navy had raided a fishing trawler which was carrying 275 kg of heroin off North Eastern coast, the Navy said.
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Terrorism prevention sections to be gazetted under emergency regulations
The government has decided to gazette the sections dealing with prevention of terrorism under emergency regulations from midnight today.
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