Rockingham medical executive and husband among victims of Sri Lanka bombings

Rockingham medical executive and husband among victims of Sri Lanka bombings

The vehicle was parked 50 meters away from the St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade, where one of the multiple deadly attacks took place on Sunday. It is unclear if anybody was hurt in the explosion.

Sri Lanka's government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ).

Addressing the Parliament, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the group was trained and the attack was planned with great secrecy.

Security officials believed that the group was planning small isolated attacks and did not expect them to pull off an attack of this magnitude.

"Those that carried out the attack that targeted members of the US-led coalition and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday are Islamic State group fighters", said a statement released by ISIL propaganda agency Amaq.


The Sri Lankan president's office declared a state of national emergency, which came into effect from midnight (18:30 GMT) on Monday.

President Maithripala Sirisena's office said he would meet with Colombo-based diplomats tomorrow to seek worldwide assistance.

Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The death toll from Sunday's attacks rose dramatically Monday to 290 - including dozens of foreigners - in the country's worst attacks for over a decade.

Apart from this suspected bomber, a pair of Muslim brothers are reported to have carried out the hotel suicide blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

A hero firefighter who was among the first on the scene of the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing was among the victims of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.


Almost 300 people were killed and hundreds more wounded after eight explosions tore through Sri Lanka in a series of coordinated blasts that struck three churches and three hotels.

Although there was a powerful blast, no injuries were reported.

The New York Times reported that the Sri Lankan government said it had received a warning of a possible threat to churches by National Thowheeth Jama'ath more than 10 days before the attacks.

Sunday's deadly bombings, which also wounded more than 500 people, centered on churches and hotels in the capital Colombo and two other cities.

At least seven Indians were killed, Indian officials said.


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