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Sri Lanka Blasts: Death toll reaches over 290 including four Indians

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The death toll of the Sri Lanka blasts has increased to over 290, out of which four Janta Dal (Secular) workers from Karnataka, who were visiting Sri Lanka, have been killed. Three other JD(S) members are still missing.
Confirming the same, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumawaswamy said, “I am deeply pained at the loss of our people in the Colombo attacks. Out of the seven missing after the terror attack, four have been declared dead.”
The Indian Coast Guard is on high alert along the maritime boundary with Sri Lanka to prevent the escape of perpetrators behind the serial bomb blasts.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is likely to declare national emergency from Tuesday midnight. The Sri Lanka police has recovered 87 low explosive bombs abandoned at the bus stand of Pettah.

Extending support towards Sri Lanka after multiple bomb blasts on Sunday, President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries of India have condemned the attack.

President Ram Nath Kovind said, “India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country. Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka.”

Condemning the terrorist act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.”

Over a telephonic conversation with the President and Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Modi renewed the offer of all possible help and assistance to Sri Lanka.
Addressing the 54th Annual Convocation of Bangalore University, in Bengaluru today, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed anguish over the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and said that India stands in solidarity with the Sri Lankan Government and its people in this hour of distress.

On Sunday, which also happened to be the Easter, Sri Lanka was shook with multiple bomb blasts in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. As per reports, seven suicide bombers were involved in eight blasts that targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zeon Church in Batticaloa when the Easter Sunday mass were in progress.

The explosions also struck three five-star hotels in Colombo — the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury.

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