23 April 2019 – At least 290 people have been killed and others have been seriously injured in a coordinated series of suicide bombing attacks at churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, from 3.15pm on Sunday 21 April (NZST). Three exploded at hotels around the city, the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La, and three at Catholic churches during Easter services.
Authorities have declared a state of emergency, and are conducting search and rescue operations. Tuesday will be a national day of mourning, and all schools nationwide are closed until Wednesday.
A social media blackout was enforced as authorities attempted to contain the violence and establish who carried out the attacks. An island-wide curfew is being imposed from 8 pm until 4 am local time for the second night in a row.
Safe Travel has advised travellers to exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to the ongoing threat of violence and the uncertain security situation.
If you suffer a travel disruption due to this event, please follow your carrier’s or supplier’s advice regarding alternative arrangements.
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