Intelligence Alerts: Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks

On April 21, 2019, 6 explosions 0845 in Colombo (Saint Anthony's Church, Shangri-La Hotel, the Grand Cinnamon Hotel, and the Kingsbury Hotel), Negombo (Saint Sebastian's Church), and Batticaloa (Zion Church). Two further explosions were later reported - a blast at the Tropical Inn near Dehiwala Zoological Garden in southern Colombo at approximately 1400, and three low-level explosions near Mahawela Gardens Road in Colombo's Dematagoda area at approximately 1440 during a security raid. Six out of the 8 attacks were believed to have been carried out by seven suicide bombers. Authorities also defused an improvised explosive device (IED) discovered near CMB, late April 21.