Explosions in Sri Lanka: Govt calls emergency defense meeting to discuss future action

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Apr 21, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government has called an emergency defense meeting with the heads of tri-forces and Police to discuss the future course of action in connection to the explosions reported in Kochchikade, Katuwapitiya, Colombo and Batticaloa.

Explosions were reported at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Kotahena and St.Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya in Katana.

Explosions were also reported at three five-star hotels, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury in Colombo. Police said another explosion was reported at a church in Batticaloa.

Meanwhile, the Dehiwala Zoological Garden has been temporarily closed following an explosion at a hotel opposite the zoo.

The security has been tightened up in these areas and other religious places as well as points with national interest such as Bandaranaike International Airport.

Education Ministry has decided to close the government schools on Monday and Tuesday and all leaves of Police officers have been canceled.

Director of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that they are ready to face any difficulty and said the situation is now under control.

(Updated)