On Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, coordinated bombings targeted churches, hotels and other sites, killing more than 200 people and wounding hundreds of others.
The attacks in Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is the largest carried out on South Asian Christians in recent memory.
What we know about the attacks
• The explosions began around 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, and the deadliest appeared to be at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo. The other churches attacked were St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa. There were also explosions Sunday morning at three hotels in the capital city of Colombo: the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury.
• 爆炸始于周日上午8点45分左右，死亡人数最多的似乎是尼甘布的圣塞巴斯蒂安教堂(St. Sebastian’s Church)。另两座遭到袭击的教堂包括科伦坡的圣安东尼圣堂(St. Anthony’s Shrine)和拜蒂克洛的锡安教堂(Zion Church)。周日上午，首都科伦坡的三家酒店也发生了爆炸：香格里拉(Shangri-La)、肉桂大酒店(Cinnamon Grand)和金斯伯里酒店(Kingsbury)。
• More explosions followed in the afternoon, all in Colombo. The first was at the Tropical Inn, a small hotel not far from the national zoo in the suburb of Dehiwala. There was also at least one explosion at a housing complex in another suburb, Dematagoda.
• 下午又发生了更多起爆炸，全都在科伦坡。第一起是在郊区德希瓦拉的国家动物园附近一间名为热带旅馆(Tropical Inn)的小酒店。在郊区德马塔戈达的一片住宅区也发生了至少一起爆炸。
• At least 207 people were killed and at least 450 wounded in the day’s attacks, the police said. At least 35 of the dead were foreigners, several of them American, the authorities said. Others were British, Chinese, Dutch, Indian, Portuguese and Turkish citizens, according to officials and news reports.
• Thirteen suspects were held in connection with the bombings, the authorities said. The government said suicide bombers had set off the explosions. Three officers were killed hunting for the attackers at a housing complex.
• A top Sri Lankan police official issued a letter on April 11 to government security officials warning of possible suicide attacks at Catholic churches by a radical Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath. It was unclear what safeguards, if any, were taken, or whether in the end the group played any role in the violence on Sunday.
• 4月11日，斯里兰卡一名高级警官曾致信政府安全官员，警告天主教堂可能会遭到极端伊斯兰组织NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama'ath)的自杀式袭击。尚不清楚政府采取了怎样的防护措施——如果有的话，或该组织是否最终参与了周日的暴力袭击。
• Sri Lanka temporarily blocked major social media and messaging services, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, to curb the spread of misinformation.
• The government set a nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.
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What we don’t know about the attacks
• Who was behind the coordinated attacks remains unknown, although a Sri Lankan defense official said that all of the Colombo attacks had been carried out by suicide bombers and that the attackers were believed to be part of a single group.
• Who the 13 people being held in connection with the attacks are.
• What steps the authorities took to try to forestall an attack after the advisory a week and a half ago about a potential threat.
• Why Catholics appear to have been singled out in the bombings.