On Easter Sunday seven jihadis blew themselves up in three churches while Christians were celebrating mass, and in luxury hotels. The most recent count of people murdered by Islamic terrorists stands at 290, with over 500 wounded, after eight bomb blasts took place at almost the same time in three luxury hotels and three churches.
The Times of Israel reported- Explosions at three churches and three hotels collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshipers and hotel guests. People were seen carrying victims out of blood-spattered pews. Witnesses described powerful blasts, followed by scenes of smoke, blood, broken glass, alarms going off, and victims screaming.
“People were being dragged out,” said Bhanuka Harischandra, of Colombo, a 24-year-old founder of a tech marketing company, who was going to the city’s Shangri-La Hotel for a meeting when it was bombed. “People didn’t know what was going on. It was panic mode.”
He added, “There was blood everywhere.”
Billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, 46, the fashion tycoon behind online clothing retailer Asos, was with his family on vacation in Sri Lanka when suicide bombers struck, killing at least 290, according to The Mirror.
Three days before the attacks, Povlsen’s daughter Alma shared a family holiday photo of her siblings, Astrid, Agnes and Alfred — calling them “three little bears” — in front of a swimming pool lined by palm trees.
Denmark’s richest man, who owns the Bestseller clothing chain and is the biggest stakeholder in ASOS, recently said he plans to restore the Scottish Highlands and leave all of his land to his kids when he dies.
The billionaire, who inherited his parents’ fortune when he was 28, fell in love with the Highlands on a family holiday in the 1980s when he was a young boy, and started snapping up land about 13 years ago.
According to The Mirror, the 46-year-old billionaire and his wife Anne have not said which of their three children died in one of the hotel bombings.
It was unclear if the parents and the fourth child were injured in one of the world’s worst terror attacks since 9/11.
Politicians have admitted a massive intelligence failure and has issued an apology to the victims after the country’s military intelligence were given key intel about the planned attacks.
This information was not passed on to the Sri Lankan government just days before the attacks.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Sri Lankan prime minister, acknowledged that “information was there” about possible attacks.
He added that “we must also look into why adequate precautions were not taken”.
It emerged Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara warned cops of suicide bombers planning to hit “prominent churches” 10 days before yesterday’s attack.
However, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today that the sick terrorists were helped by an “international network.”
“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Senaratne said.
“There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”
A US official has told CNN that the sick suicide bombers were inspired by ISIS
Supporters of the depraved death cult have been celebrating the attacks online.
Hours after the first six were reported, there were two more fatal blasts in the city,
An explosion at a hotel in Dehiwala killed two, and another in a flat in Dematagoda reportedly killed three police officers.
All of the six explosions this morning – as Christians attended Easter mass – were carried out by suicide bombers, according to initial investigations.