COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The clock hands on the steeple of St. Anthony’s Shrine were stuck at 8:45 a.m., the exact moment when the first suicide bomber’s explosion ripped through the wooden pews as Easter Sunday worshipers were praying.
Minutes later a second suicide blast shattered the Sunday brunch tranquillity at the Shangri-La Hotel’s Table One Restaurant, a favorite of foreign tourists.
Within a few hours on Sunday, suicide bombings hit three Christian churches and three upscale hotels in the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka, still recovering from a quarter-century civil war in which the suicide bomb was pioneered.
The death toll in the attacks rose to 290, with about 500 people wounded, a police spokesman, Ruwan Gunasekera, said, although he would not give a breakdown of where the fatalities occurred. The finance minister, Mangala Samaraweera, called the attacks “a well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem and anarchy.”
By day’s end, the police said at least 13 people had been arrested in connection with the attacks in the capital, Colombo, and the cities of Negombo and Batticaloa. Seven of them were seized at a hide-out after one suspect blew himself up, killing three officers.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The police said they believed the bombings were the work of one group but declined to identify it.
At least 36 of the victims were believed to be foreigners, including several Americans. For years, as Sri Lanka has climbed away from war, it has been building a robust tourism industry.
The bombings were the deadliest attack on Christians in South Asia in recent memory and punctuated a rising trend of religious-based violence in the region.
The St. Anthony’s Shrine blast left a scene of broken bodies, billowing black smoke and splintered wood. “It was a river of blood,” said N. A. Sumanapala, a shopkeeper near the church who said he had run inside to help.
“Ash was falling like snow,” he said. “I saw limbs and heads. There were children, too.”
The shock of the bombings and the anger they generated was compounded by news that a top police official had alerted security officials 10 days earlier about a threat to churches from a radical Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath. It was unclear what precautions, if any, had been taken, or whether that group had played any role in the assaults.
Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, pointedly said he and other ministers had not been warned, in what appeared to be a sign of the recent frictions within the government hierarchy.
“We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken,” he said at a news conference. For now, he said, “the priority is to apprehend the attackers.”
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The bombings came as Christians and other religious groups have been increasingly targeted in South Asia, where a mix of surging nationalism, faith-based identity politics and social media rumor mongering has created a combustible atmosphere.
While Sri Lanka has suffered political instability and sporadic attacks since its civil war ended in 2009, there has been nothing on this scale. “It has been 10 years since we last saw this kind of horror,” said Hemasiri Fernando, the secretary to the Ministry of Defense.
News of the bombings rippled out all Easter morning, interrupting celebrations across the world in a week where Christians were still grieving over the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.
Pope Francis, after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square, said the attacks had “brought mourning and sorrow” on the most important of Christian holidays. Other world leaders also expressed shock.
By Sunday afternoon, Colombo was under a tight lockdown. Elsewhere in the country, soldiers shut down roads, a jittery government imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew and all police officers were ordered back to duty, their leaves canceled. Bus companies banned all baggage for fear of hidden bombs.
At nightfall, few cars moved on the streets and almost nobody ventured outside.
The government temporarily blocked major social media and messaging services, including Facebook and WhatsApp, to prevent the spread of misinformation online, according to the president’s secretary, Udaya Seneviratne.
The deadliest of the explosions appeared to be at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo. Pictures posted on social media showed blood and rubble as members of the congregation tended to wounded people strewn across pews. Besides St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, Zion Church in Batticaloa was also attacked.
The hotels that were bombed included the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury, all within Colombo’s seaside neighborhoods. Their marbled lobbies were smeared with blood.
A guest on the 17th floor of the Shangri-La, Sarita Marlou, wrote in a Facebook post that people had gathered for brunch at its Table One Restaurant on the third floor when the entire building was shaken by a blast at 8:57 a.m. All guests were ordered to evacuate.
“While running down the stairs, saw a lot of blood on the floor but we were still clueless as to what really happened,” she wrote.
Among the Shangri-La victims was a popular chef and cooking show host, Shantha Mayadunne, who was killed along with her daughter having breakfast, according to local news reports.
“Easter breakfast with family,” her daughter, Nisanga, had posted as caption for a group selfie around the table on her Facebook page not long before the explosion.
As the day wore on, more explosions followed, all around Colombo, including at the Tropical Inn, a small hotel not far from the national zoo in the suburb of Dehiwala. Two people were killed in that blast, officials said.
The afternoon explosions added to the wave of fear and confusion that quickly spread across the country. Ambulance sirens wailed across several cities.
After the first blasts, panic quickly spread to other churches, which halted or canceled Easter services.
“Our phones were on silent, but one guy got a text about the bomb blast,” said Ranil Thilkaratne, who was at a service in the Colombo suburb of Nugegoda. “Then he alerted the priest. We stopped the service and moved out.”
Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist, with Hindus the largest minority, about 12 percent, followed by Muslims at less than 10 percent. About 6 percent of the population is Catholic, according to government figures.
The country has struggled with sectarian divisions, including last year, when the government temporarily shut down Facebook and WhatsApp in an effort to curb anti-Muslim violence.
On Sunday, the prime minister, Mr. Wickremesinghe, warned the public not to believe what he described as false information circulating online about the bombings.
A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, a photo-sharing service owned by the company, had all been temporarily blocked. Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
The Sri Lanka civil war, which lasted from 1983 to 2009, pitted the Sinhalese majority against the minority Tamils, whose militants became known for having invented the suicide vest and made suicide bombing their trademark as a tactic in war.
Memories of the urban carnage from Sri Lanka’s conflict remains fresh, particularly for residents of the capital. During the conflict, bombings of airports, bus stations, banks, cafes, and hotels were not uncommon. Several Tamil suicide bombers were women.
One of the hotels targeted on Sunday, the Cinnamon Grand, had been blown up before, in 1984, when it was called the Hotel Lanka Oberoi.
The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka traces to the arrival of the Portuguese in the early 1500s and the subsequent influence of Portuguese, Dutch and Irish missionaries. Sri Lankan Catholics are largely concentrated in the Colombo-Negombo area.
Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said that given Sri Lanka’s history of ethnic and religious violence, it was premature to jump to conclusions about whether radicalized Muslims might have played a role in the bombings.
But the magnitude of the carnage Sunday was extraordinary, even by Sri Lanka’s standards, Ms. Ganguly said.
“In three decades of war, this scale of attack has never happened,” she said. “In terms of serious, religion-based violence, we haven’t really seen that.”B:
仓库标识牌图片【接】【下】【来】【的】【两】【天】【内】，【吕】【小】【布】【可】【就】【清】【闲】【多】【了】。 【不】【必】【再】【担】【心】【什】【么】【时】【候】【会】【被】【突】【然】【而】【来】【的】【杀】【手】【杀】，【然】【后】【让】【自】【己】【手】【染】【鲜】【血】。 【当】【然】，【吕】【小】【布】【也】【能】【察】【觉】【到】【是】【有】【人】【在】【周】【围】【偷】【偷】【地】【观】【察】【着】【自】【己】【的】，【但】【他】【们】【的】【身】【上】【已】【没】【了】【杀】【气】，【应】【该】【是】【按】【胡】【刀】【所】【说】，【都】【在】【等】。 【等】【待】【着】【血】【族】【神】【秘】【高】【手】【的】【到】【来】，【然】【后】【找】【时】【机】【看】【能】【不】【能】【浑】【水】【摸】【鱼】。 “【麻】【的】，【闲】【出】
【不】【错】，【这】【样】【就】【更】【容】【易】【控】【住】【他】【们】，【为】【我】【所】【用】【了】，【桀】，【桀】，【桀】…… 【墨】【绿】【色】【长】【袍】【神】【秘】【人】【在】【心】【里】【得】【意】【地】【想】【着】。【王】【瑞】【芝】【放】【好】【卡】【片】【后】，【抬】【头】，【有】【些】【胆】【怯】【地】【看】【向】【漂】【浮】【着】【的】【翠】【绿】【色】【手】【机】。 “【我】【现】【在】【可】【以】【走】【了】【吗】？【出】【来】【久】【了】，【慕】【容】【雪】【会】【怀】【疑】……【我】【出】【来】【用】【的】【借】【口】，【是】【说】【我】【要】【去】【取】【钱】……” “【可】【以】。【你】【回】【去】【后】，【记】【得】【帮】【我】【好】【好】【地】【监】
【墨】【门】【总】【部】， “【你】【真】【的】【准】【备】【好】【了】【吗】？”【陆】【弘】【影】【真】【的】【不】【想】【让】【九】【由】【看】【见】【那】【些】【人】，【那】【她】【坚】【持】【要】【去】【见】【见】【她】【的】【姑】【姑】，【有】【些】【事】【她】【说】【想】【当】【面】【问】【问】【她】。 “【没】【事】，【就】【说】【几】【句】【话】【而】【已】。”【墨】【门】【关】【押】【人】【的】【地】【方】【比】【九】【由】【预】【想】【的】【要】【潮】【湿】【些】，【空】【气】【也】【不】【怎】【么】【好】，【不】【过】【她】【已】【经】【做】【好】【准】【备】【了】。 【铁】【门】【一】【打】【开】，【血】【腥】【味】【差】【点】【让】【九】【由】【吐】【了】，【陆】【弘】【影】【扶】【着】【她】
【牧】【莹】【宝】【没】【有】【跟】【进】【去】【看】【状】【况】，【而】【是】【跟】【陶】【老】【头】【先】【进】【了】【厨】【房】，【见】【桌】【上】【已】【经】【有】【五】【个】【菜】【了】。 “【夫】【人】，【稍】【等】【片】【刻】，【立】【马】【就】【好】。”【花】【大】【厨】【扭】【头】【看】【了】【眼】，【带】【着】【歉】【意】【说】【到】。 “【不】【急】，【你】【慢】【慢】【来】。”【牧】【莹】【宝】【边】【回】【应】，【边】【拿】【起】【筷】【子】【夹】【了】【块】【糖】【醋】【排】【骨】【吃】【了】【起】【来】。 【坐】【在】【她】【对】【面】【的】【陶】【老】【头】，【虽】【然】【也】【是】【很】【随】【性】【的】【人】，【但】【是】【却】【无】【论】【如】【何】【也】【做】【不】【到】仓库标识牌图片【宁】【少】【阳】【没】【有】【用】【一】【个】【月】【的】【时】【间】，【只】【用】【了】【二】【十】【多】【天】，【已】【经】【完】【成】【了】【对】【炼】【妖】【剑】【的】【祭】【炼】，【将】【之】【收】【入】【了】【金】【丹】【之】【中】。 【别】【人】【除】【非】【将】【他】【的】【金】【丹】【破】【碎】，【不】【然】【就】【不】【会】【发】【现】【这】【把】【剑】【的】【存】【在】。 ——【如】【果】【别】【人】【真】【的】【将】【他】【的】【金】【丹】【都】【给】【破】【碎】【了】，【这】【把】【剑】【会】【不】【会】【被】【发】【现】，【那】【也】【不】【重】【要】【了】。 【他】【祭】【炼】【的】【速】【度】【让】【诸】【葛】【明】【珠】【有】【一】【些】【意】【外】，【也】【有】【一】【些】【欣】【慰】。
【虽】【然】【没】【几】【天】【就】【能】【领】【全】【勤】【了】，【不】【过】【干】【坐】【了】【半】【小】【时】【还】【是】【没】【码】【出】【字】【来】，【这】【半】【个】【月】【水】【的】【我】【有】【点】【恶】【心】，【有】【些】【难】【过】。 【献】【上】【结】【局】。 【灰】【雾】【文】【字】=【世】【界】【意】【志】。 【这】【个】【世】【界】【共】【有】【三】【位】【邪】【神】【争】【夺】，【一】【位】【象】【征】【水】（【灭】【世】【洪】【水】【由】【来】，【滔】【滔】【洪】【水】【流】【经】【宇】【宙】，【这】【个】【世】【界】【只】【是】【河】【水】【流】【经】【之】【处】，【微】【不】【足】【道】【一】【点】）；【一】【位】【象】【征】【雾】（【笼】【罩】【世】【界】【的】【灰】【雾】【由】【来】
【落】【卿】【将】【受】【伤】【女】【子】【的】【小】【丫】【鬟】【留】【下】，【她】【正】【坐】【在】【桌】【边】【不】【安】【地】【坐】【着】，【一】【副】【怯】【怯】【的】【样】【子】。 “【你】【也】【吓】【到】【了】【吧】，【喝】【口】【茶】【缓】【一】【缓】。”【落】【卿】【对】【着】【小】【丫】【鬟】【安】【慰】【道】。 【小】【丫】【鬟】【微】【微】【点】【了】【点】【头】，【自】【己】【倒】【了】【杯】【热】【茶】【喝】【下】，【脸】【色】【这】【才】【稍】【好】【了】【一】【些】。 “【你】【家】【姑】【娘】【身】【上】【那】【些】【伤】，【是】【不】【能】【不】【当】【回】【事】【的】。【虽】【说】【有】【些】【已】【是】【老】【伤】【了】，【可】【若】【是】【处】【理】【不】【好】，【以】【后】
【听】【到】【杜】【哲】【疯】【狂】【的】【决】【定】【后】，【弗】【朗】【西】【斯】【瞬】【间】【气】【炸】【了】。 “【杜】【哲】，【恩】【里】【克】【发】【疯】【也】【就】【算】【了】，【他】【没】【有】【和】【特】【洛】【伊】【交】【过】【手】，【不】【知】【天】【高】【地】【厚】。【你】【为】【什】【么】【也】【要】【陪】【着】【他】【发】【疯】？” “【你】【忘】【了】【先】【前】【在】【刑】【场】【时】，【你】【被】【特】【洛】【伊】【一】【招】【击】【败】【了】【吗】？” “【你】【这】【是】【去】【白】【白】【送】【死】！” 【弗】【朗】【西】【斯】【气】【得】【脑】【瓜】【子】【生】【疼】，【他】【现】【在】【是】【宁】【愿】【自】【己】【去】【死】，【也】【不】【想】【让】【杜】