Published On: Sun, Apr 21st, 2019

Sri Lanka bombing: Were any British nationals caught up in bomb blasts? Death toll latest | World | News

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A series of explosions has rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, killing at least 189 people according to local police hospital sources. The bombings ripped across hotels and churches in the South Asian nation in cities including Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. Several hundreds more are said to be injured.

Were any British nationals caught up in the bomb blasts?

Britons are said to be among those caught in the explosions in Sri Lanka, but how many is not clear at this point.

The UK’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, said: “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.”

Mr Dauris has also urged Britons to get in touch with members of their family to let them know they’re safe.

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Prime Minister Theresa May said the Easter Sunday massacre was “truly appalling” and “no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear”.

Mrs May said: “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.

“We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.”

Mr Dauris was in Colombo with his family at a church service which was cut short by the attacks.

In a video message he said: “Earlier today a series of explosions took place in hotels and churches in Colombo, in Negombo and in Batticaloa on Sri Lanka’s east coast.

“The churches were busy with Easter Sunday worshippers, the hotels with local people and foreign visitors.

“Reports suggest that several dozen people have been killed and hundreds injured in these evil and senseless attacks.”

Mr Dauris and his consular team were visiting one of the main hospitals in Colombo where casualties had been taken.

He said: “If you are affected, or are concerned about someone who you think might be affected, please help us to help you.

“If you are in Sri Lanka please follow the instructions given to you by local authorities and hotel security staff.

“Please follow our travel advice and keep checking for updates.”

Those 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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