320 people were killed and 500 injured in suicide bombings on Sunday in Sri Lanka, according to a new report released Monday by local police and quoted by international media.
Until now, 24 people have been arrested in connection with this wave of attacks, and ISIS has claimed the attacks. The arrested people, Sri Lankans, are interrogated by the Department of Forensic Investigation, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.
Akshat Saraf was on holiday with his wife and young child over the Easter holidays in Sri Lanka. Having enjoyed a restful holiday, the family overslept on Sunday morning in the room on the 25th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.
We were just getting ready to go downstairs for breakfast was when I heard the first explosive noise,” Saraf told CNN via Skype from his home in Bangalore, India. “At that point I wasn’t sure what the nature of the sound was. I personally thought it was a loud thunderstorm … the entire room started shaking.” “That’s when I realized probably the sound, the explosive noise, did come from our building and I asked my wife to pick up the passports and we immediately left the room.,” said Saraf.
ISIS claim the attacks
Isis has just claimed Sunday’s suicide attacks in Sri Lanka, claiming they were the work of “fighters of the Islamic State” via their Amaq news agency. In a statement released by its propaganda agency, the group said it was targeting citizens of countries bombings its territories and Christians.
“A security source told Amaq agency the perpetrators of the attack targeting the citizens of [US-led] coalition countries and Christians in Sri Lanka were Islamic State fighters,” it said.
The wording of Isis’s claim is similar to that for previous atrocities that were thought to be inspired by the group but not directly orchestrated by it.
The statement contained no further information or evidence.
Would you survive if caught in the middle?
It is clear that radical islamic terrorism is on the upswing. While the majority is still limited to the Muslim controlled countries themselves, Europe has seen an increase in both terrorism and general violence propagated by supposed Syrian “refugees.”
We too have seen a rise in Muslim violence here in the USA, although the statistics don’t back that up. During Obama’s presidency the FBI wasn’t allowed to record and report acts of radical islamic terrorism as what they were.
So what should we do to ensure that we don’t personally end up as nothing more than a terrorism statistic? There are a few important steps that we should take.