Extremism has grown in Sri Lanka
Brahma Chellaney, a professor of strategic studies at the Center for Political Research in New Delhi, said radical Islamist groups have had a tranquil Indian State influence in Sri Lanka, for years Tamil Nadu and in the nearby island state of the Maldives.
Mr. Chellaney said it was unexpected that the attackers would be safe to raid hotels in Sri Lanka and said the hotels on the island had offered strict security during the civil war on the island and since then.
I am surprised that three hotels were still under the target, "he said.
"Lots of blood on the ground"
A witness, Sarita Marlou, who was at the Shangri-La Hotel wrote In a Facebook post, an explosion took place at 8:57 Clock in Table One restaurant on the third floor, where people gathered for brunch.
"Felt the explosion to the 17th floor, where we slept" she wrote. "A few minutes later, we were asked to go to the hotel As he walked down the stairs, he saw a lot of blood on the floor, but we were still unaware of what really happened. "
Ms. Marlou wrote that the guests spent more than two hours outside were before they were reintroduced when the sun was hot. However, they are still not entitled to return to their rooms, she wrote.
Social media is restricted and a curfew imposed
The government has blocked access to key social media and messaging services such as Facebook and WhatsApp, as well as Internet The broadcast has slowed dramatically.
The authorities have taken a similar step last year following sectarian violence. At that time, part of the violence had been triggered by Facebook posts threatening attacks on Muslims, the government said.
There were also reports that the government had set up a country-wide curfew at 6:00 pm. Sunday until 6:00 am Monday.