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With the explosive device on the back of the buffet Breakfast

Patiently the assassin with his plate at the Breakfast buffet and waited until he was in the series. Then he lit the explosives on his back. Within seconds, the busy, cheerful Bustle to hit on Easter Sunday in the Restaurant of the luxury hotel, Cinnamon Grand, Sri Lanka's capital city Colombo into a veritable Inferno. This witnesses said to AFP.

all hell broke loose at almost the same time in other places of the island: In three Christian churches, the assassin struck – ironically, during the Easter fair. Also, three more Hotels have been the target of attacks. They left death, devastation, and helplessness.

More than 200 people will be ripped in the course of a few hours forcibly from the life of the faithful in the Easter service, leisure guests, the restaurant guests. It confusion reigns, the authorities are overwhelmed. In the Chaos of the Details of the event are slowly known.

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"It was 08.30 PM," says an employee of the hotel, Cinnamon Grand. "There was a lot to do, we had a lot of families." The Easter weekend was fully booked. Suddenly - an Explosion. After that, I then "reigned complete Chaos," says the employee. One of the managers, welcomed the guests in the Restaurant, had immediately been dead.

police quickly on the spot

at Least for the Hotel Cinnamon Grand seems to be clear that the fact goes on the account of a suicide bomber. Hotel employees reported the Suspect: He had checked out on the eve of under the name of Mohamed Azzam Mohamed and claimed to have done business in Colombo, they reported to the AFP. Neither his Name nor his address but would have voted.

The Five-star Hotel is within the vicinity of the residence of the heads of government, special units of the police were quickly on the spot. They collected the body parts of the bomber and took them away, while the seriously injured quickly went to the National Hospital of Colombo were transported.

In Colombo's historic Church of St. Anthony, it lasted longer, until help arrived. The believers celebrated the Easter mass, there was an Explosion the building shook. The terror was still being felt some time later, to A part of the roof caved in, the floor with tiles, gesplittertem glass and pieces of wood littered. In addition to pools of blood corpses are covered with makeshift Blankets, scarves and clothing.

Considerable damage

In St. Sebastian in Negombo, a small town not far from Colombo, is of the roof, only the skeleton left. Benches are a mess rolled over a corpse. In between making lots of police officers and Church representatives. Between the benches upside down, stuck a Statue of Christ.

A similar picture of devastation is also reflected in the Zion Church in Batticaloa on Sri Lanka's East coast. At least 25 people were killed.

Even in the luxury hotels, Shangri-La and Kingsbury in Colombo, the damage seems to be considerable, but both buildings are locked, no one comes in. Half an hour after the Cinnamon Grand is a bomb the Shangri-Las Restaurant Table One met. The window in the Restaurant on the second floor have no more glass, from the ceiling power cable.

Great shock anywhere

eye-witness reports of two explosions and several dead, but the information cannot be confirmed. The hotel management said that a crisis staff had been set up to help the Affected. The attack had shocked all deeply shocked and saddened.

The attacks make stunned. Who stands behind it, was initially unclear: most of The people in Sri Lanka are Buddhists, and only six percent are Catholics. They include both Sinhalese as well as representatives of the Tamil minority.

However, the police had warned of ten days prior to the plans of a radical Islamic group to carry out suicide attacks on well-known churches, as well as on the Indian Embassy in Colombo. He cited information from a "foreign intelligence service". (fal/afp)

Created: 21.04.2019, 15:49 PM

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