Intelligence failures, soft-peddling envelopes deadliest suicide attacks in SL
Two men checked into the Shangri-La which now takes pride of place in the heart of the city on April 20, 2019. They had provided an address in Dematagoda when checking in. Close to 9 a.m. yesterday the duo detonated two bombs. One at the packed restaurant cum cafeteria on the 3rd floor of the super luxurious hotel, at which many families had come to indulge in a scrumptious Easter Breakfast, and the next on the corridor of the same flo
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Jamiyyathul Ulama condemns attacks
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) yesterday vehemently condemned the terrorist attack on churches and other places while Christian brothers and sisters were celebrating Easter.
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Eiffel Tower goes dark to pay tribute to SL victims
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is to turn off its lights to pay tribute to the victims of terror attacks in Sri Lanka. “Tonight, from 12:00 am, I will turn my lights off to pay tribute to the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks,” the official Twitter account of the Eiffel Tower stated.
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Explosive device disposed at BIA
An improvised explosive device was detected near the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), and was disposed in controlled explosion at site by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) personnel a short while ago.
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Harin tweets intelligence memo warning of a planned attack
Minister Harin Fernando today tweeted the image of an internal memo and report by the police intelligence of a terror attack to be carried out by an organisation called National Thawheed Jamath.
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Minute’s silence at the Santiago Bernabéu
The Santiago Bernabéu held a minute’s silence before the LaLiga match week 33 fixture between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, for the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka and in memory of Agustín Herrerín, who was Real Madrid’s pitch delegate for more than 18 seasons and who died last Thursday.
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Special investigation panel to probe terror attack
President Maithripala Sirisena will appoint a special investigation panel within the next 24 hours to ascertain information on the national tragedy, which claimed so many lives, Presidential Secretariat said.
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Outraged by terror attacks: UN Chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is outraged by the terrorist attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a sacred day for Christians around the world. In a statement, his office said the UN Chief recalled the sanctity of all places of worship.
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Van allegedly used for terror attacks found
A van allegedly used to transport suspects and explosives to Colombo was taken into custody with its driver in Wellawatte this evening, police said.
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Special Operation Centre at police headquarters
A Special Operation Centre has been established at the police headquarters from today (21) to facilitate the people, Police said.
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Pope Francis condemns SL terror attacks
Pope Francis has condemned the terror attacks in Sri Lanka during his Easter Sunday address in Rome, offering condolences to the victims, CNN reported.
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Trump condemns terror attacks, offers help
President of the United States of America, Donald Trump condemned the terror attacks in Sri Lanka in a tweet a short while ago and offered assistance to Sri Lanka in its time of need.
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Three police personnel killed: Two suspects arrested
Three police personnel on duty were killed during a search operation at Dematagoda this afternoon, police sources said.
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Dalada Maligawa closed
The Sri Dalada Maligawa is closed until further notice due to the prevailing situation, Administrative Secretary of the Sri Dalada Maligawa said.
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Police curfew with immediate effect
Police curfew has been imposed with immediate effect across the island by the IGP until further notice
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Social media temporarily blocked
The government has decided to temporarily block social media sites including Facebook and Instagram. Presidential Secretariat said in a statement that the decision to block social media was taken as false news reports were spreading through social media.
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Another explosion at Dematogoda
Another explosion was reported close to a housing complex at Dematogoda a short while ago, police said.
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