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New Zealand terror attack: Death toll in mosque shootings rises to 49 - police
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Police Commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed that the death toll in the Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 49 people. A male in his 20s has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow.
 
 
Bush confirmed that a further 20 people were injured in what is now the worst ever mass shooting in New Zealand history. Some 40 people were taken to hospital but it was not targeted in the attack, contrary to rumors online.
 
"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. In the aftermath of the attacks, New Zealand has been placed on its highest security threat level according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
 
 
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Four people were taken into custody, three men and one woman, in connection with the attack but only one has been charged with murder so far. It has been confirmed that all four held extremist views but were not on any police watchlists.
 
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One of the four has already been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow but Police Commissioner Bush declined to confirm the name of the suspect prior to the court hearing. The extent of the other three suspects’ involvement has yet to be determined.
 
When asked if police were looking for any other persons of interest related to the case, Bush responded that “we never assume that there aren't other people involved” but that “at this point we are not looking for any other persons.”
 
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He also confirmed that, while there were two Improvised Explosive Devices found on one of the perpetrator’s vehicles (one of which was deactivated, the other is still being worked on by the New Zealand Defence Forces), no bomb belts or other explosive devices were found on the body of one of the suspects as had been speculated as the situation unfolded.
 
Bush declined to speculate on the motives of the attacker and would not confirm whether clear threats had been made on Facebook prior to the attack and that police had prior warning.
 
The Bangladesh National Cricket team was due to visit one of the mosques but managed to escape the violence.
 
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Dozens of victims in shootings at 2 New Zealand mosques, 4 suspects in custody
Published time: 15 Mar, 2019 01:46
Edited time: 15 Mar, 2019 08:43
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New Zealand police have defused several improvised explosive devices found attached to vehicles in Christchurch following mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.
The shooter entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque 10 minutes after prayers began and let off “dozens, if not hundreds of rounds,” witness Ahmad al-Mahmoud told New Zealand outlet Stuff. He described the man as white-skinned, blond, short, and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.

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A second shooting took place at Linwood Masjid, where a witness says they saw a man leave the mosque wearing camouflage gear and a motorcycle helmet, while unconfirmed reports indicate a bomb was found on nearby Strickland Ave.

A Muslim local reportedly chased the gunmen off from the Linwood mosque, firing two shots at them as they drove off.

Four suspects are currently in custody, including one woman, and public facilities remain on lockdown while police are urging mosques elsewhere in New Zealand to close their doors for the remainder of the day. One of those detained has been confirmed to be an Australian citizen.

PM Ardern has confirmed that none of the suspects were on security watch lists.

“I want to ask anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today, not to go,” commissioner Mike Bush said.

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New Zealand police have defused several improvised explosive devices found attached to vehicles in Christchurch following mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.
The shooter entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque 10 minutes after prayers began and let off “dozens, if not hundreds of rounds,” witness Ahmad al-Mahmoud told New Zealand outlet Stuff. He described the man as white-skinned, blond, short, and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.


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A second shooting took place at Linwood Masjid, where a witness says they saw a man leave the mosque wearing camouflage gear and a motorcycle helmet, while unconfirmed reports indicate a bomb was found on nearby Strickland Ave.

A Muslim local reportedly chased the gunmen off from the Linwood mosque, firing two shots at them as they drove off.

Four suspects are currently in custody, including one woman, and public facilities remain on lockdown while police are urging mosques elsewhere in New Zealand to close their doors for the remainder of the day. One of those detained has been confirmed to be an Australian citizen.

PM Ardern has confirmed that none of the suspects were on security watch lists.

“I want to ask anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today, not to go,” commissioner Mike Bush said.


A crisis meeting of national security agencies is underway at the Wellington headquarters of the New Zealand national police.

Officers cleared buildings near the mosques, while Christchurch schools have been placed on lockdown. Another witness said he saw “a man in handcuffs being led away by police.”


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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed 49 people have been killed and over 20 injured. 


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Christchurch City Council is locking down its central city buildings as police urge people in the area to stay indoors as they deal with a shooting at the Christchurch Mosque.

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A text sent by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand reportedly said 50 people were shot during Friday prayers.

Twenty emergency vehicles are on the scene, and six people have reportedly been taken to the hospital, with two in serious condition.

"It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference.

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Footage has emerged of police ramming a vehicle and arresting a shooter.

One of the shooters, believed to be a 28-year-old Australian man, livestreamed the attack on Facebook, according to local media, and penned a lengthy manifesto characterizing the shooting as a “terrorist attack.”

The attack resulted in the highest death toll from gun violence in the nation’s recent history.

New Zealand’s three largest internet providers, Spark, Vodafone and Vocus, have announced they are blocking customers’ access to three websites located outside the country that are still hosting the livestream of one shooter’s rampage, an unprecedented restrictive measure Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie called “the responsible thing for the industry to do.”


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CCTV captures Turkish 'gunman' on Dutch tram moments before 'terrorist-motivated' shooting spree left three people dead and nine others wounded - as police warn public not to approach suspect
Police release photo of Gökmen Tanis, 37, captured on the tram's CCTV just minutes before the shooting 
Three people have died and nine people are injured after the shooting in Utrecht, central Netherlands
One or several gunmen, 'who may have had a terrorist motive', opened fire on a tram in the city centre
The assailant or assailants fled the scene and police have since surrounded a building in the city
Dutch government has raised terrorism threat level to highest possible, and schools are on lockdown
Incident took place just three days after a terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand where 49 were killed
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PUBLISHED: 10:34, 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:17, 18 March 2019
Dutch police have named a suspect in the 'terrorist-motivated' shooting on a tram in Utrecht, which resulted in the death of three people and left nine others injured.
 
Police tweeted a photograph of Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, believed to have been captured on the tram's CCTV just four minutes before the incident at 10.45am this morning, and urged the public to 'look out for him but do not approach.'  
 
The gunman, who may not have been acting alone, fled the scene, reportedly in a red Renault Clio compact sedan, which has since been found abandoned in Utrecht.
 
The photograph was released as heavily armed police gathered in front of an apartment block some 200 yards from the scene the shooting, where the suspected gunman is believed to be holed up.  Police said they were searching for the shooter 'with all possible means.' 
 
Shortly after 12.30pm local time, the Dutch government raised the terrorism threat level to the highest possible in the province of Utrecht, and local residents in one of the Netherlands' biggest cities have been urged to stay indoors in case of further incidents.
 
This photo, released by Utrecht police, shows Turkish-born Gökman Tanis, 37, on the tram's CCTV just minutes before the shooting began at 10.45am this morning
Tanis is seen on the tram just a few minutes before one person was left dead and several others wounded from gunfire
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Video footage shows police surrounding an apartment block in Utrecht a few hours after the shooting took place
 
Incident: Emergency services have cordoned off a tram in Utrecht, Holland, where one or several assailants opened fire on commuters at around 10.45 local time today
Video footage from Utrecht shows armed anti-terrorism police surrounding a building where the gunman, or potentially several gunmen, is believed to be located
Several photographs show armed police officers surrounding a building in Utrecht just hours after the assailant fled the scene
A photo shared on social media shows an armed policeman surrounding a building in Utrecht during the manhunt
Special Police Forces inspect the tram where the shooting took place earlier on Monday as the perpetrator remains at large
At least one person died and a number of people were injured in the shooting on a tram in Utrecht, The Netherlands
 
The head of the Dutch counter-terrorism agency Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said in a statement that the 'threat level has gone to 5, exclusively for the Utrecht province,' referring to the highest level, adding that the shooting 'appears to be a terrorist attack'.
'The culprit is still on the run. A terror motive cannot be excluded,' he said in a Twitter message. He called on citizens to closely follow the indications of the local police.
Utrecht University has put the entire campus on lockdown, and according to Dutch news website NOS News, all train traffic to Utrecht Central has stopped.
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Police have also instructed all schools, as well as mosques and transportation hubs, in the city to keep their doors closed, while the manhunt continues.
Dutch military police have been ordered to be on 'extra alert' at Dutch airports and 'vital buildings' due to the ongoing police manhunt. 
Police spokesman Bernhard Jens said no one had been detained yet in the shooting, and one possible 'explanation is that the person fled by car.' 
He did not rule out the possibility that more than one shooter was involved in the attack. 
'We want to try to catch the person responsible as soon as possible,' Jens said. 
 
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BREAKING NOW: Final ISIS Stronghold Liberated, Islamic State ‘Has Officially Crumbled’
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American-backed forces liberated the last territory controlled by ISIS-fighters Thursday; ending a “brutal empire” that at its peak ruled over eight million people across the Middle East.
 
“The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated,” reports Fox News.
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The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.
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“It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone,” adds the article. “Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.”
 
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BAGHOUZ, Syria -- The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.
 
It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone.
 
Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.
 
TRUMP DISPLAYS SYRIA MAP DETAILING ISIS TERRITORY LOSS, VOWS TERROR NETWORK ‘WILL BE GONE BY TONIGHT’
 
The last five days, Fox News has witnessed the last major offensive up close -– with U.S.-backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River.
 
Inside Baghouz, it’s easy to see how they hid for so long – not just in tunnels but trenches and hundreds of cubby holes covered by tarpaulins, which blend in perfectly to the dirt.
 
In the end, the majority surrendered. In fact, since the start of the year about 60,000 have dripped into the desert, and most are now held in camps.
 
There is a major concern about what to do with the camps though. The SDF has asked for U.S. support in setting up a tribunal here to prosecute them.
 
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This final corner of the caliphate was in the far eastern desert of Syria– it was where ISIS first captured territory, and it is where they finally lost.
 
A clearing operation is now underway in the town– and an announcement is expected soon.
 
None of the main surviving ISIS leaders have been caught inside Baghouz. Instead, they left their men to fight alone. It’s thought they prepared ahead for the insurgency.
 
The scale of the devastation here is incredible. And everyone acknowledges that without U.S. support, it would have taken far longer.
 
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For four-and-a-half years, ISIS held this territory, ruling over it with an iron fist. It was the terrorist group’s heartland – and they were so dug in that the only way to push them back was to flatten whole villages. The devastation here goes on for miles – and craters like this are
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All ISIS-held territory in Syria has been '100 per cent eliminated,' White House claims — but Trump insists the group's 'propaganda' still litters the Internet
White House claims all ISIS-held territory in Syria has been '100% eliminated'
Syrian Democratic Forces have been battling ISIS militants hiding in Baghouz
Last remaining jihadists were said to be holed up in caves along the Euphrates
They were also hiding in trenches as war planes carried out raids against ISIS 
By TIM STICKINGS FOR MAILONLINE and REUTERS
 
PUBLISHED: 09:22, 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:31, 22 March 2019
All ISIS-held territory in Syria has been '100%' eliminated, the White House said Friday, but President Donald Trump is still warning that the once-strong terror army is still a danger online.
 
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed Trump about developments on the ground, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. 
 
The president has been hinting at the victory for days. Sanders gave reporters a look at a before-and-after map of Iraq and Syria that indicated ISIS no longer controls any territory there. Trump showed off the same map Wednesday at the White House as he left for a brief trip to Ohio.
 
Despite the total geographic victory over ISIS, he tweeted Friday that the group still 'uses the internet better than almost anyone,' and warned people susceptible to their propaganda campaigns that 'they will always try to show a glimmer of vicious hope, but they are losers and barely breathing. Think about that before you destroy your lives and the lives of your family!'
 
Hawar said Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have 'liberated all of Baghouz from the Daesh mercenaries' and that the campaign had 'ended with the defeat' of the terror group. However, SDF officials denied the reports and said combat operations were still underway today 
A vehicle carrying fighters of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) drives through the village of Sousa
Earlier it was was reported that ISIS fanatics were hiding in caves in their final holdout in Syria.
 
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled ISIS militants holed up in Baghouz overnight, supported by coalition airstrikes. 
 
The Kurdish-led SDF have been predicting imminent victory for days but while thousands of the terrorists have fled a few are still hiding in the Syrian village. 
The jihadists were holed up in what appeared to be caves in a rocky shelf overlooking Baghouz, their final sliver of land along the Euphrates river. 
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They were also hiding in trenches as war planes carried out two raids against ISIS movements on Thursday night. 
'Our forces are trying to force them to surrender, but so far the clashes are continuing,' the SDF's Mustafa Bali said. 
The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat Islamic State at the Baghouz enclave in southeastern Syria at the Iraqi border. 
Backed by U.S. air power, they swept on Tuesday into a camp where hundreds of fighters had been making their last stand, prompting early 'victory' celebrations. 
They said they would declare the group defeated once a search for hidden mines and jihadist holdouts was complete. 
The terror group's final defeat at Baghouz will end its territorial rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.  
 

 
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M5 chaos as police find unexploded bomb near motorway sparking five-mile tailbacks and hours of delays
Police have closed the M5 between Junctions 1 and 2  in the West Midlands 
Queues are stretching back for five miles all the way to Junction 4
It is not yet clear how old the bomb is but officers are investigating  
By DANYAL HUSSAIN FOR MAILONLINE
 
PUBLISHED: 13:33, 23 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:19, 23 March 2019
There is travel chaos on the M5 after an unexploded bomb was discovered by a member of the public. 
 
Police have closed the busy motorway between junctions one and two near the Oldbury viaduct with queues stretching back five miles. 
 
Central Motorway Police Group said: 'M5 NB and SB J1 and 2 are currently closed due to what is believed to be an old unexploded device found by a member of the public under the motorway.
 
'Closures in place for safety and a precaution. Please avoid area and find alternative routes. Follow @HighwaysWMIDS for updates'. 
 
Drivers are being urged to avoid the area and find alternative routes. 
 
Police have closed the busy motorway between junctions one and two near the Oldbury viaduct with queues stretching back five miles (scene pictured) 
 

 
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Amazon is leading the march toward a cashless society
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Maryland man charged in ISIS-inspired National Harbor terror plot
April 9, 2019 by Jerry McCormick
Local authorities in Maryland were able to stop a potential terror attack at the National Harbor last week.
Federal authorities officially charged the alleged terrorist, Rondell Henry, on Monday in connection with his alleged plan to run over pedestrians at the National Harbor, just minutes from Washington, D.C.
 
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“He harbored hatred for those who do not practice the Muslim faith,” authorities say.
 
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Rondell Henry, 28, is a computer engineer from Germantown, MD and is a U.S. citizen. He was allegedly radicalized by watching ISIS videos online, law enforcement says.
 
Henry’s ISIS-inspired plan was to kill Americans that were not sympathetic to Muslims and their religious beliefs.
 
Initially, Henry planned on hitting Dulles International Airport. However, when he arrived there, he thought security was too good, so he decided to move this plan to the National Harbor.
 
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Henry allegedly followed the driver of U-Haul into a parking lot in his own car.
 
When the man left the U-Haul, Henry allegedly took the vehicle and headed to Dulles.
 
The man reported the truck stolen along with telling police he had been followed several blocks by a car, which also happened to be parked close by. When police checked on the vehicle, it was registered to Henry.
 
After Henry decided to leave Dulles, he headed to the National Harbor.
 
 
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Rather than carrying out his plan then, which he told authorities was to drive, and to continue to drive, through the crowd, killing as many as possible and to keep going, he decided to wait until the next day when there would be more pedestrian traffic in the area.
 
Henry broke into a boat to hide, but police had found the truck at that point and waited for Henry to arrive. When he came back the next morning, local authorities swooped in and took him into custody.
 
Henry is being charged with interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.
 

 
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Sri Lanka: At least 158 killed, hundreds injured in Easter bombings
Apparently coordinated attacks rip through hotels and churches throughout the country; security officials suspect suicide bombers behind at least some blasts
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At least 158 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a series of bombing attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka throughout Easter Sunday, officials said.
 
The first six blasts were triggered almost simultaneously on Sunday morning. Three high-end hotels and one church in the capital, Colombo, were hit, while two additional churches were targeted elsewhere in the country during Easter services, Sri Lankan police said.
 
 
Hours later, a seventh explosive was set off near a hotel in Dehawali, just south of Colombo, killing at least two people, and moments after that another bomb was detonated in a northern neighborhood of the capital, police said.
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After this second wave of attacks, Sri Lanka’s defense ministry ordered a night-time curfew across the country, and authorities blocked access to a number of social media websites and applications. 
The sites hit in the bombings were all heavily frequented by tourists, and at least 35 foreign nationals were killed in the explosions, police told AFP. A hospital source said Americans, British and Dutch citizens were among the dead.
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called the blasts “cowardly” and said the government was working to “contain the situation.”
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“I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he wrote in a tweet.
 
Leaders from around the world voiced their support for Sri Lanka after the attacks.
 
“The attacks in Sri Lanka, including those at prayer celebrating Easter Sunday are a despicable crime. We are all children of God; an attack on one religion is an attack on us all. Israel sends condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for the recovery of the injured,” President Reuven Rivlin wrote in a tweet.
 
Local security officials said at least two of the attacks appeared to have been carried out by suicide bombers.
 
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it was not aware of any Israeli victims in the attacks, but was still looking into the matter.
 
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apparent coordinated attack.
 
Sri Lanka’s police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday’s bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to target “prominent churches,” according to the warning seen by AFP.
 
“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” said the alert, which was sent by police chief Pujuth Jayasundara to top officers.
 
The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalization of Buddhist statues.
 
According to hospital officials, at least 40 people were killed in the Colombo attacks; at least 62 were killed in Negombo, north of the capital; and at least 27 were killed in Batticalao, on the country’s eastern coast.
 
The first blast ripped through St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo.
 
Alex Agileson, who was in the vicinity, said buildings in the surrounding area shook with the blast.

 

 

 

 

 
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An ambulance is seen outside the church premises with gathered security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 21, 2019. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)
At least 160 people injured in the St. Anthony’s blast had been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital by mid-morning, an official told AFP.
 
Another explosion was reported at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town north of Colombo. The church appealed for help on its Facebook page, and posted graphic photographs and videos from the scene.
 
“A bomb attack to our church, please come and help if your family members are there,” the church wrote.
 
Photos from the St. Sebastian’s Church circulating on social media showed the roof had been almost blown off in the blast. The floor was littered with a mixture of roof tiles, splintered wood and blood.
 
Several people could be seen covered in blood, with some trying to help those with more serious injuries.
 
A church in the town of Batticalao, in the east of the country, was also targeted in the attack, police said.
 
An official at the Batticaloa hospital told AFP more than 300 people had been admitted to hospitals with injuries following the blast there.
 
At least one of the victims was killed in Colombo’s Cinnamon Grand Hotel, near the prime minister’s official residence, where the blast ripped through a restaurant, a hotel official told AFP.
 
The island nation of Sri Lanka, just off the coast from India, endured a brutal and bloody civil war from 1983 to 2009, when the government declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam insurgent group, also known as the Tamil Tigers.
Only around six percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.

 

 

 

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