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News of the Day : 5 Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka Easter blasts
- April 22, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
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News of the Day
5 Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka Easter blasts, 13 suspects arrested
The death toll from attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka rose significantly to 290, and about 500 people were also wounded, police said on Monday.
Five Indians were among those killed in the bombings in Sri Lanka, confirmed EAM Sushma Swaraj on Monday.
At least 290 people were killed, among them dozens of foreigners.
Sri Lankan police have arrested 13 men in connection with bomb blasts on churches and hotels that killed more than 200 people, officials said Monday.
Eight apparently co-ordinated explosions targeted Easter worshippers and high end hotels popular with international guests.
An improvised bomb discovered at the main airport in Colombo was defused late Sunday, police said.
A nationwide curfew imposed on Sunday shortly after the blasts was lifted early Monday, with AFP journalists reporting a steady stream of people and tuk tuks on the streets of Negombo.
There was still a heavy security presence at the city’s St Sebastien’s Church, the scene of one of the devastating blasts.
Sri Lanka’s small Christian minority — just six percent of the 21 million-strong population — has been targeted by violence in the past, but never to such brutal effect.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said on Monday 13 people had been arrested. The government earlier said investigators would to look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.
The powerful blasts — six in quick succession and then two more hours later — wounded around 450 people.
At least two of the explosions involved suicide bombers, including one who lined up at a hotel breakfast buffet before unleashing carnage.
Japan’s foreign ministry said one of its nationals was among the dead.
The churches targeted included the historic St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, where the blast blew out much of the roof.
Bodies lay on the floor of the church, covered in patterned scarves and white sheets, some of them stained with blood.
Shattered roof tiles and shards of glass littered the floor, along with chunks of plaster blasted from the walls by the explosion.
‘If Pakistan hadn’t returned Abhinandan…’: PM Modi on tensions after Balakot
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it had not returned Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
Addressing a poll rally at Patan in his home state Gujarat, he also took a jibe at NCP leader Sharad Pawar, saying if he is unaware of his next move, then how Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan can gauge what he will do.
Following the air strike at Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, there was a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani fighter planes on February 27 in which IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by the neighbouring country.
Before his jet was hit, the IAF pilot downed an F-16 fighter of Pakistan. He was released on the night of March 1 by Pakistan.
Referring to it, Modi said after the pilot was caught, the opposition started seeking a reply from him over this. “We conducted a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world that Modi did this to you,” he said.
“A senior American official said on the second day that Modi has kept ready 12 missiles and might attack and the situation will deteriorate. Pakistan announced to return the pilot on the second day, else it was going to be a “qatal ki raat’,” Modi said.
“This was said by America, I have nothing to say about this now, I will speak about it when the time will come,” he added.
Asserting his government’s commitment towards national security, Modi said whether the prime minister’s chair remains or not, he has decided that either he will be alive or terrorists will remain alive.
He also took a swipe at Pawar, who on Saturday said he was “terribly afraid” as to what Modi, who once called Pawar his mentor in politics, would do next.
“Sharad Pawar says I don’t know what will Modi do. If he is unaware of what Modi will do tomorrow, how will Imran Khan know? Modi said.
The prime minister also appealed to people of Gujarat to make the BJP victorious on all 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state, where polling will be held on Tuesday “It is the duty of people of my home state to take care of the ‘son of the soil’, give all 26 seats in Gujarat to me,” he said.
“My government will come back to power for sure, but if Gujarat doesn’t give 26 seats (to BJP), the TV discussions on May 23 will be why it happened?” he said.
Source – Hindustan Times
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