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What we know now about explosions in Sri Lanka: all 185 dead, certainly 35 foreigners
Abroad In Sri Lanka this morning, dozens of dead and hundreds of injured cases in explosions in three churches and three luxury hotels in and around the capital, Colombo. The police talked first about 52 fatalities, but ziekenhuisbronnen make in the meantime, mention of 185 dead - among whom is definitely 35 foreigners and over 400 wounded. Among the dead there would be Dutch, British and Americans. Foreign Affairs finds out if there are Belgian victims. Tour operators Thomas Cook and TUI Belgium say no to have customers in the affected hotels. The attacks are not yet claimed, but by the minister of Defence of Sri Lanka described as “terrorist act”.

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The explosions happened in a church in Colombo, a church in the 30 miles north located Negombo and a church in Batticaloa, 250 kilometers east of the capital. Believers lived the easter celebration. The three affected hotels are according to the Sri Lankan newspaper Lankadeepa the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, the Shangri-La Hotel and the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

happened after noon local time, a seventh explosion in Dehiwela, near the capital, Colombo. That attack happened in a hotel near the zoo and would be at least two people's lives have been. Yet a moment later was an eighth explosion reported. In addition, three agents to use the life to come. The suicide attack took place in a residential complex in the suburb of Dematagoda of the capital, Colombo.


Ziekenhuisbronnen make in the meantime, mention of 185 kill. There would also certainly 35 foreigners. Sri Lanka is after all a tourist attraction, also for Europeans. The Belgian ministry of Foreign Affairs are looking for is currently out if there are Belgians involved. the

“Through social media and e-mails, we call upon fellow countrymen in Sri Lanka on to report,” said spokesman Matthieu Burners. “We hear that it is currently difficult is to make contact with people in Sri Lanka, because the network is saturated. Because there's explosions were in hotels, we expect foreign victims. However, it is still too early to say whether the Belgians have been affected. We have no information about. We continue to monitor the situation through our nearest embassy in New Delhi (India). In addition, there is contact with the Dutch embassy in Sri Lanka.” the

the Belgians who worry about family or friends in Sri Lanka can visit the number 02/501.81.11 for more information. (read on below)

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