23 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
CHILLING CCTV shows two ISIS suicide bombers arriving at a Sri Lanka hotel’s breakfast buffet wearing backpacks before blowing themselves up.
The two killers, who tried to conceal their faces with baseball hats, smirked as they discussed their plot in the lift in the final seconds before the Easter Sunday slaughter.
An ISIS terrorist wearing a backpack can be seen smirking in the lift of a Sri Lanka hotel before he set off a bomb
At least one of the terrorists joined the queue for breakfast at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo before detonating explosives
One can be seen joining the queue for breakfast at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo before setting off a bomb, slaughtering tourists and staff.
At least 359 people were killed and more than 500 others injured in a series of coordinated terror attacks at hotels and churches across the country.
Among the victims at the Shangri-La were three of the four children of Danish ASOS billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen.
It comes after Sri Lankan authorities today confirmed one of the suicide bombers had studied in the UK.
Ilham Ibrahim, 36, who is the son of a millionaire spice tycoon, is understood to have set off the first bomb at the Shangri-La.
Seconds later YouTube Islamist ranter Zahran Hashim detonated a second device which killed Brit teenager Daniel Linsey, 19, and his 15-year-old sister Amelie.
British mum Anita Nicholson, 42, her son Alex, 14, and daughter Annabel, 11, also lost their lives at the hotel.
Police sources later confirmed Ilham’s 38-year-old brother Inshaf was the suicide bomber who blew up the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.
Their twisted family of hate is at the centre of the series of horrifying attacks in Sri Lanka.
The brothers’ wealthy dad, Yoonis, who is also a trustee at the local mosque, was among more than 40 suspected jihadis in custody.
Ilham Ibrahim plotted with his pregnant wife and his brother to carry out terror attacks
YouTube Islamist ranter Zahran Hashim detonated a second device which killed Brit teenager Daniel Linsey and his sister Amelie
CCTV footage captures the bomber as he stops to pat a little girl on the head before entering the church
The bomber is seen through the doorway as he makes his way into the packed church
He calmly walks across the church forecourt
In the chilling footage, the man is shown wearing a large backpack
Earlier chilling CCTV shows a sick suicide bomber patting a little girl’s head before “calmly” walking into a Sri Lankan church and killing 67 innocent worshippers.
The clip, which Indian channel TV 9 claims shows the attacker, features a man wearing a large backpack as he enters St Sebastian’s Church.
It is believed the video shows the terrorist touching survivor Dilip Fernando’s granddaughter.
Dilip said yesterday: “At the end of the mass [my family] saw one young man go into the church in with a heavy bag. He touched my granddaughter’s head on the way past. It was the bomber.”
Harrowing pictures show that the devastated church’s roof was destroyed and most of its windows were blown out by the sickening bomb attack.
Yesterday, Manisha Gunasekera, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, said eight British people were killed in the terror assaults.
Speaking to the BBC, she said: “As of now I think there is information on eight nationals who have lost their lives and the other numbers are of other nationals.”
The Sri Lankan government has named local Jihadi terror group National Thowheeth Jama’ath as being responsible for the horrific attacks.
A video clip shows a terrorist walking into a Sri Lankan church moments before he killed dozens inside, it has been claimed
The bomber strolls along the road towards the church
He pauses as he appears to readjust his backpack containing a ‘crude device made locally’ that would soon be used in the massacre
At least 67 people were killed in the bomb attack in St Sebastian’s church in Negombo on Sunday
TERROR GROUP NAMED
Politicians have admitted a massive intelligence failure and has issued an apology to the victims after the country’s military intelligence was given key intel about the planned attacks.
This information was not passed on to the Sri Lankan government just days before the attacks.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Sri Lankan prime minister, acknowledged that “information was there” about possible attacks.
He added that “we must also look into why adequate precautions were not taken”.
It emerged Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara warned cops of suicide bombers planning to hit “prominent churches” ten days before yesterday’s attack.
However, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the terrorists were helped by an “international network.”
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
At least 359 people killed and 500 injured after seven suicide bombers attacked three churches, four hotels and a block of flats in Colombo
Eight Brits, ‘several’ Americans, one Dutch, one Chinese, two Turkish, three Danes and one Portuguese national have been confirmed dead
Social media ban in place to prevent spread of misinformation, and night curfew imposed
13 terrorists arrested, says defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene
Sri Lankan government names local Islamic terror group National Thowheeth Jama’ath as being responsible for the attacks
Government official says terror group was helped by an “international network” of Jihadis
It comes ten days after Sri Lanka’s police chief issued alert on possible attacks to come
A six-foot pipe bomb was intercepted and destroyed by the Air Force on the way to Colombo International Airport
A suicide bomber calmly walked past a family before unleashing a deadly blast, says one witness
The sick mass murderer touched a little girl’s head before he detonated his bomb, the survivor said
Onlookers including priests gather round a body which has been covered with a white sheet at the church in Sri Lanka
The church was one of multiple places targeted by the sick jihadis
The terrorists targeted hotels and churches in the country on Easter Sunday
“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Senaratne said.
“There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”
The US State Department has warned that “terrorist groups” are continuing to plot possible attacks at tourist locations, transportation hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas in Sri Lanka.
ISIS supporters have been celebrating the attacks online.
It also emerged yesterday that ASOS billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks.
A spokesperson for Povlsen – Scotland’s largest landowner – confirmed that three of his four kids were among the 359 people.
The Mirror reports that Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today that three Danes were killed in the blasts.
Mr Povlsen, 46, is the biggest shareholder in the British online clothes shop Asos.com and second biggest shareholder in German firm Zalando.
London student Nisanga Mayadume and her TV chef mum Shantha were this afternoon confirmed to be among 35 tourists killed in the atrocity.
Ms Mayadume posted a heartbreaking photo of the family having breakfast at the Shangi-La Hotel just moments before the deadly explosion.
The University of London graduate, believed to be in her 30s, captioned the Facebook update from just ten hours ago with “Easter breakfast with family”, under which hundreds of people have commented “RIP”.
And Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who has family in Bangladesh, revealed she lost a relative in the blast.
She wrote on Twitter: “I lost a relative today in the Sri Lanka attacks.
“It’s all so devastating. Hope everyone is keeping safe. Solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed ‘several’ Americans were also killed – along with victims from the Netherlands, Portugal and China.
Three churches and three hotels – the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand and The Kingsbury Colombo – were targeted in the devastating attacks.
I lost a relative today in the Sri Lanka attacks. It’s all so devastating. Hope everyone is keeping safe. Solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.
— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) April 21, 2019
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Colombo International Airport was later put on lockdown amid reports of a suspicious package – which was later destroyed by a bomb disposal squad.
A manager at the Cinnamon Grand said the attacker there set off the explosion when the restaurant was full, after queuing for the breakfast buffet.
Harrowing footage taken immediately after one of the blasts in a church is full of chilling screams, as stunned and panicked people react to the horror.
BRITISH FAMILY CHEATS DEATH
A terrified British family told how they were caught up in the atrocity as their hotel became a target for the terror.
Dr Julian Emmanuel, 48, an NHS doctor from Surrey, his wife Maria, 39, and their young children Jasintha and Neethan were staying at the Cinnamon Grand when they were woken by the blast.
They cheated death by having a lie-in as the bomber detonated his suicide vest in the restaurant.
He told the Sun: “We were in our room and heard a large explosion.
“I came out of the room to see what’s happening.
“We were rushed downstairs. Staff told us there had been a bomb that had exploded in the restaurant in the basement.
“We were outside for hours and saw casualties being taken away.
“We saw someone who had an almost severed arm — there were shocked children covered in dust.
“One of the staff told me there had been a suicide bomber because he saw a decapitated body.
“The staff at the hotel lost two or three of their colleagues.
“My children and wife are traumatised by what they saw today. We will never forget this.
“We will always remember Easter Sunday for this reason now.”
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EIGHT DEADLY EXPLOSIONS
Hours after the first six were reported, there were two more fatal blasts in the city,
An explosion at a hotel in Dehiwala killed two,and another in a flats in Dematagoda reportedly killed three police officers.
All of the six explosions this morning – as Christians attended Easter mass – were carried out by suicide bombers, according to initial investigations.
Sri Lanka’s minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene said in a press conference: “We believe that all the culprits who have been involved in this unfortunate terrorist incident will be taken into custody as soon as possible. They have been identified, and they will be taken into custody as soon as possible.”
He later confirmed 13 people have been arrested over the string of deadly blasts – one of whom is said to have been stopped in a van transporting explosives to the city.
Dozens of local people rushed to donate blood to help the wounded in the wake of the terrifying attacks, after witnesses reported seeing buildings shake in the explosions.
Shocking images from inside one of the churches show bloodied pews, a destroyed roof and bodies scattered on the ground – as all Easter services planned for this evening in the city were cancelled.
Eight blasts devastated Colombo on Easter Sunday
Husband Ben was found wandering around Colombo in shock after the blast
The tragic last picture of Londoner Nisanga Mayadume and her family eating breakfast before the fatal explosion
Nisanga was eating breakfast with her family when one of the bombs was set off
Dr Julian Emmanuel dodged the blast because he was having a lie-in
Devastated locals weep in the aftermath of the horrendous attacks yesterday
More than 200 people were killed in the devastating blasts on Easter Sunday
Inside St Anthony’s Shrine after an explosion hit the church in Kochchikade in Colombo
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of reports of a number of explosions in Sri Lanka, including Colombo, and we are urgently seeking information from the local authorities.
“British nationals in Sri Lanka should follow the instructions of the local authorities and check FCO travel advice for updates.”
Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris added in a statement: “We understand that some British citizens were caught in the blasts but we are unable to say how many people are, or might have been, affected.”
Worshippers were attacked at St Anthony’s Shrine, a Catholic Church in Kochchikade, Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.
Dozens of people in Sri Lanka reported a restriction on social media use this morning, following the explosions.
The government confirmed it has shutdown access to Facebook and WhatsApp – a tactic which has been used before in the country to prevent the spread of violence and misinformation.
A night curfew from 6pm to 6am is also in place in the wake of the attacks, the Sri Lanka defence minister announced, with no indication when it will be lifted.
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US President Donald Trump tweeted “heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels”, adding “we stand ready to help”.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena urged people to stay calm, adding: “I am shocked and saddened by the situation that has occurred.”
Brits in Sri Lanka who need help are urged to call the High Commission in Colombo on +94 11 5390639, while people in the UK worried about friends or family should call the Foreign Office on 020 7008 1500.
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Colombo residents were in shock yesterday after the horrendous attacks on the city
A body is carried out from the rubble of a bombed building
Witnesses bow their heads as they take in the devastation in Colombo
A statue of the Virgin Mary broken in two parts at the front of the bombed St Anthony’s Shrine
Multiple buildings have been destroyed throughout the capital yesterday – with hundreds of victims
Wires hang from the roof of the luxury hotel Shangri-La after a suspected bomb attack
The inside of a church devastated by a blast yesterday in Colombo
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