What We Know and Don’t Know About the Sri Lanka Bombings
On Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, coordinated bombings targeted churches, hotels and other sites, killing more than 290 people and injuring roughly 500 others.
The attacks in Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is the largest carried out on South Asian Christians in recent memory.
What we know about the attacks
• The explosions began around 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, and the deadliest appeared to be at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo. The other churches attacked were St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa. There were also explosions Sunday morning at three hotels in the capital city of Colombo: the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury.
• 爆炸始于周日上午8点45分左右，死亡人数最多的似乎是尼甘布的圣塞巴斯蒂安教堂(St. Sebastian’s Church)。另两座遭到袭击的教堂包括科伦坡的圣安东尼圣堂(St. Anthony’s Shrine)和拜蒂克洛的锡安教堂(Zion Church)。周日上午，首都科伦坡的三家酒店也发生了爆炸：香格里拉(Shangri-La)、肉桂大酒店(Cinnamon Grand)和金斯伯里酒店(Kingsbury)。
• More explosions followed in the afternoon, all in Colombo. The first was at the Tropical Inn, a small hotel not far from the national zoo in the suburb of Dehiwala. There was also at least one explosion at a housing complex in another suburb, Dematagoda.
• 下午又发生了更多起爆炸，全都在科伦坡。第一起是在郊区德希瓦拉的国家动物园附近一间名为热带旅馆(Tropical Inn)的小酒店。在郊区德马塔戈达的一片住宅区也发生了至少一起爆炸。
• At least 290 people were killed and roughly 500 wounded in the day’s attacks, the police said. At least 35 of the dead were foreigners, several of them American, the authorities said. Others were British, Chinese, Dutch, Indian, Portuguese, Japanese and Turkish citizens, according to officials and news reports.
• The government on Monday blamed National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamic terror organization, for the attacks. Ten days ago, a police official warned of a threat on churches by the group, but the authorities failed to act on the information.<纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com/>
• 政府周一将这些袭击归咎于NTJ(National Thowheeth Jama’ath)，这是一个鲜为人知的激进伊斯兰恐怖组织。十天前，一名警官曾警告称，该组织对教堂构成威胁，但当局未能根据信息采取行动。
• Twenty-four suspects were held in connection with the bombings, the authorities said. The government said suicide bombers had set off the explosions. Three officers were killed hunting for the attackers at a housing complex.
• Sri Lanka temporarily blocked major social media and messaging services, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, to curb the spread of misinformation.
• The government on Monday imposed a dusk-to-dawn nationwide curfew for the second day in a row.
What we don’t know about the attacks
• Who the 24 people being held in connection with the attacks are.
• What steps the authorities took to try to forestall an attack after the advisory a week and a half ago about a potential threat.
• Why Catholics appear to have been singled out in the bombings.