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DIRECT – Attacks in Sri Lanka: "In reprisal against Christchurch" attacks, says government

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION

– Eight explosions took place Sunday in Sri Lanka targeting Catholic churches and hotels, in Colombo, the main city of the country, but also in Negombo, Batticaloa, Dehiwala and Orugodawatta.

– The provisional assessment is currently 290 dead and 500 wounded. 1 French would be among the victims but the Quai d'Orsay did not confirm the information.

>> What we know about victims

– For the government, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), is at the origin of the suicide attacks but questions remain about the possible complicities of Islamist group which had hitherto never committed a murderous attack. 24 people were arrested.

>> To learn more, click here.

– Authorities have declared an immediate curfew and temporary blocking of social networks "to prevent the spread of incorrect and false images". The curfew is renewed for the night from Monday to Tuesday. The President indicates that the state of emergency will be decreed from Monday, April 22 midnight local time.

– The whole world has condemned these attacks. From Emmanuel Macron to the Pope via Donald Trump or Narendra Modi, the convictions are unanimous.

– The archbishop of Colombo called on the government of Sri Lanka to "punish without mercy" those responsible for the attacks.

– The Quai d'Orsay has opened a crisis cell. She can be contacted at (+33) 1 43 17 51 00. At least 35 foreigners are among the dead, including one Portuguese, one Dutch, two Turkish nationals, two Australian, three Danish, three Indians, two Chinese, five British. and several Americans. Japanese and British nationals were injured.

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