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Sri Lanka imposes emergency after deadly attacks

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Sri Lanka imposes emergency after deadly attacks

Sri Lanka imposes emergency after deadly attacks

Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, which killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

Havovi Cooper reports.

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Sri Lanka imposes emergency after deadly attacks

Sri Lanka's government announced Monday it was invoking emergency powers -- a day after devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches killed 290 people and wounded nearly 500 The emergency law gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders This comes as police said 87 bomb detonators were found at the city's main bus station on Monday, while an explosive went off near a church when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it..

Investigators said seven suicide bombers took part in the easter sunday attacks.

Two blew themselves up at the Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo's seafront.

The others targeted three churches and two other hotels.

Witnesses described scenes of chaos.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 29-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT LIVING NEAR ST.

ANTHONY'S SHRINE, ERICSON ARULNESAN, SAYING: "Obviously I am sad, I see people dying in front of my eyes, I saw blood, I saw people's hands, legs and all those stuff.

Police said so far 24 people had been arrested, all of whom were Sri Lankan- but one cabinet minister even said the government believed an international network was involved.

While there was no claim of responsibility for Sunday's attacks... suspicion was focusing on Islamist militants in the Buddhist-majority country According to a document seen by Reuters dated April 11--a foreign intelligence agency had warned authorities of possible attacks on churches by the National Thawheed Jama'ut.

It was not immediately clear what action, if any, was taken in response to the tip-off.

Meanwhile---some residents have begun to lay their loved ones to rest... Others were still trying to locate their relatives and friends (SOUNDBITE) (Sinhala) MAN HELPING FRIEND FIND HIS SISTER, KIRUBA, SAYING: "She went to church at about 8:20.

She has not returned so far.

We went to the church and looked for her.

She was not there.

Then we went and looked for her in the hospital.

She was not there either.

Most of the dead and wounded were Sri Lankans although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, included British, Anerican and Australian nationals among others..... Denmark's richest man (Anders Holch Povlsen) and his wife lost three of their four children in the attacks.




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