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Sri Lanka: More attacks in progress, Internet off, Curfew ordered: European Union offers support and issues statement

Sri Lanka: More attacks in progress,  Internet off, Curfew ordered: European Union offers support and issues statement

The European Union High Representative Vice-President Federica Mogherini issued a statement after the deadly terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka this morning

At the end of Sunday, the attacks counted for at least 215 dead and 500 injured.
Sri Lanka Police arrested people and Sri Lanka intelligence claimed they already had indications of a possible attack before it happened.

A hotel official at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence, said the explosion ripped through a restaurant and killed at least one person.

At least 160 people died today in Sri Lanka, among them 35 foreigners are unconfirmed numbers.

A seventh explosion was also reported at a hotel near the zoo in Dehiwala, in southern Colombo, with two deaths. The zoo has been closed. A curfew has been imposed from 18:00 to 06:00 local time (12:30-00:30 GMT).

Sri Lanka has shut down social media and messaging services in the country
While this is happening news is coming in of a possible eighth explosion and exchange of gunfire in the Colombo district of Dematagoda, but this has not yet been confirmed.
A curfew has been imposed from 18:00 to 06:00 local time (12:30-00:30 GMT).
Sri Lanka has shut down social media and messaging services in the country
A series of coordinated attacks hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka this morning, causing extreme devastation. With men, women and children, from all walks of life and from different nationalities among the victims, this is a truly sad day for the country and for the world.
The European Union offers its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have been killed and wishes a speedy recovery to the many wounded.
Easter Sunday is a special moment for Christians around the world. It is a time to give thanks, for remembrance, celebration, and peaceful prayer. Such acts of violence on this Holy Day are acts of violence against all beliefs and denominations, and against all those who value the freedom of religion and the choice to worship.
The European Union stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan authorities at this difficult time. The European Union is also ready to offer support.
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