Shangri La Colombo Veteran chef Shantha Mayadunne and her daughter are among 138 or more dead this morning at 6 deadly terror blasts on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Several local news sources report more than 156 dead and 400 plus injured including tourists from the UK, USA, Netherlands and Portugal.
Explosions occurred at
- St. Anthony’s Church
- Kochchikade St.Sebastian’s Church
- Katuwapitiya Church in Batticaloa
- The Kingsbury Hotel
- Shangri La hotel
- Cinnamon Grand Hotel
“How can we fight terrorism when secretly we support the extreme ideologies of one terrorist group? Instead of saying ”terrorism has no religion” please come out and say that religious fundamentalism leads to terrorism and it should be condemned, is a comment eTN received from Sri Lanka.
According to unconfirmed information the attack at Shangri La hotel was carried out by suicide bomber Zahran Hashim, while Abu Mohammad has been identified as the attacker at the Batticaloa church.
According to sources, Abu Mahammad was named after Taha Subhi Falaha, known as Abu Muhammad al-Adnani al-Shami, was the official spokesperson and a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He was described as the chief of its external operations. He was the second most senior leader of the Islamic State after its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad.
This is an update on eTN’s original story from earlier today.