• Sunday, Jan 23, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:32 am

Timeline: 20 minutes of carnage

  • Published at 01:24 am April 22nd, 2019
web-sri lanka terror attack
Sri Lankan military stand guard near the explosion site at a church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019 Reuters

At least 207 people have so far been killed in the bomb attacks on Sri Lankan hotels, churches on Easter Sunday

Bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 207 and injuring 450 people, in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

Many of the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, police said. Here is a timeline of the explosions and subsequent events on Sunday.

8:45am – Explosion at Shangri La hotel in Colombo.

8:45am - Explosion at St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Kotahena, Colombo.

8:45am – Explosion at St Sebastian Catholic Church in Negambo.

8:45am – Explosion at Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

8:50am – Explosion at Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.

9:05am – Explosion at Zion Roman Catholic Church in Batticaloa.

11:30am – Emergency Security Council meeting held by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

11:40am – Government declares closure of schools across the country for two days.

12:15pm – President Maithripala Sirisena appeals for people to keep calm.

1:45pm - Explosion at New Tropical Inn in Dehiwela, near the national zoo. This was the seventh explosion.

2:15pm – Explosion at a house in Dematagoda, Colombo, during a police raid (the eighth explosion). Three police officers were killed.

2:20pm – Officials close down the island nation’s zoo in Dehiwela.

2:30pm – Government blocks major social media networks and messaging services, such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

2:45pm – Government declares indefinite island wide curfew.

4pm – All transport services stopped.

4:30pm – Government declares closure of all state universities indefinitely.

5pm – Special cabinet meeting held, headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

5:20pm – Police announce the death toll had risen to 207 with 450 injured.

7pm – Police find a van used to transport explosives.

7:15pm – Tourism chief says 32 foreigners killed and 30 injured.

8:50pm – Prime Minister Wickremesinghe orders a probe into why intelligence services failed to act on a warning about the attacks.

9:30pm – Police said 13 arrested, all Sri Lankans.

10:30pm – A petrol bomb attack on a mosque and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims are reported in two different parts of the country, police said.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail