Displaying items by tag: Bombings

Thursday, 25 April 2019 22:14

Sri Lanka: high alert after Easter bombings

Easter bombings in three churches and seven hotels have killed 253, with the death toll expected to rise further because 500 are seriously injured. Over sixty suspects have been arrested so far. Domestic and international authorities are probing deeper into the bombings, with a nationwide alert for nine vehicles involved, possibly holding explosives. The situation remains tense. Security has been increased, with naval and air force officers patrolling the streets. Roadblocks have been set up throughout Colombo, and suspicious vehicles and individuals are being searched. All Catholic churches in Sri Lanka must stay closed until security improves. A picture is emerging of nine well-educated, home-grown suicide bombers, including a woman, who carried out the attacks. IS claimed responsibility, but authorities blamed local extremists NTJ, whose leader is known for incendiary speeches online. Sri Lanka's security ‘weaknesses’ led to the failure to prevent the bombings. Ask God to protect potential targets - tourist spots, markets, hotels, government offices, churches, and shopping malls.

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 21:55

Libya: life in Tripoli

Heavy fighting and airstrikes continue in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Three weeks ago, eastern commander General Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to seize it from the UN-recognised government of prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Over 200 people have been killed since fighting began, and the situation remains volatile for people living there. A resident told the BBC World Service, ‘We fear for our children, all they hear is loud explosions. Children are asking questions. Why is the school closed? Why are there no exams to sit? Some say they are not scared, and others are very frightened. Local authorities tell us when to stay at home if there is going to be trouble. We try to live a normal life, but some people cannot leave their houses, some cannot flee because the roads are closed, others have fled. Many have died or are injured when going out shopping. Bombing comes at any time, but mostly at night.’

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Friday, 13 January 2017 07:09

Afghanistan: many victims of bombings

Up to thirty people were killed and 80 wounded in twin bombings near the parliament in the capital, Kabul. Blasts at the governor's guesthouse in Kandahar killed at least 11 and injured 14, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador. Earlier, in Helmand province a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a guesthouse used by an intelligence official, killing at least seven people. Reports speak of a suicide bomber striking first outside the entrance to parliament, followed by a car bomb. President Ashraf Ghani vowed that all those behind the ‘criminal attacks’ would be caught. ‘The Taliban shamelessly claim credit for the attack on civilians and they're proud of it’, he said in a statement. Afghan sources said a district head of the National Directorate of Security - Afghanistan's main intelligence agency - was among the dead. The UAE foreign ministry called it a ‘heinous terrorist attack’.

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