‘We kept calling her’: Sri Lankans scour hospitals, morgue for loved ones Apr 23, 2019 0 1356 12345 ReutersCOLOMBOSri Lankans scoured hospitals and morgues for missing loved ones on Monday, a day after suicide bomb attacks on churches holding Easter services and luxury hotels killed 290 people and wounded about 500.Outside the national hospital in Colombo, a woman named Rameshwary said she was searching for a 17-year-old friend who attended morning mass at St. Anthony’s Shrine, one of three Catholic churches hit in the coordinated attack. “We kept calling her after we heard of the incident, but there was no response,” she said, showing a photograph of the missing girl on her mobile phone.Sri Lanka is predominately Buddhist but its 22 million people include Christians, Muslims and Hindus.The military for decades battled ethnic minority Tamil separatists, most of them Hindu, but violence had largely ended since a government victory 10 years ago. No group claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks. Colombo, the seaside capital of the Indian Ocean island, was jittery on Monday, with rumours of more blasts spooking residents as police searched for the bombers. Another device exploding while a bomb squad tried to defuse it.A curfew for a second night went into effect at 8 p.m.Most of the 290 dead and 500 wounded were Sri Lankans although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed. Many of the dead have yet to be identified. Catholic priests joined relatives and friends trying to put names to the dead at one mortuary. A man said a friend was searching for his sister, Kiruba, who had gone to Sunday mass. They looked for her at the bombed church and a nearby hospital, but had found no trace.“That’s why we came here,” the man told Reuters Television. Family members of one of three policeman killed said they grew worried when he did not answer his phone after the attacks. “Then we got a police message saying he had died,” said Ranjith Wijesinghe, a relative of the officer. Survivors described scenes of carnage at the churches where worshippers had gathered. Pictures showed bodies on the ground and blood-spattered pews and statues. MM Mohomed, a Colombo shopkeeper, was searching for a missing employee amid the shattered and scorched pews and broken concrete of St. Anthony’s.“There is no information about her since she left the shop,” he said. “Her parents are at the emergency service searching for her. I went to the police morgue to see if she was there.” RELATED ARTICLES Iran, Pakistan to set up border ‘reaction force’ after attacks Apr 23, 2019 0 833 Sri Lanka imposes emergency, suspects involvement of int’l networks in terror attacks Apr 23, 2019 0 416 Polio vaccination drive in Peshawar triggers controversy Apr 23, 2019 0 367 PM Imran’s oncoming China visit of significant importance: Envoy ISLAMABAD: Beijing’s envoy to Islamabad Yao Jing on Monday said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to China will be of “significant importance for bilateral relations between the two countries”. The premier .. Thousands of Burmese protest China-backed mega-dam project Yangon: Thousands of people in northern Myanmar took to the streets on Monday to protest against the proposed reinstatement of a Chinese-backed mega-dam they say will cause huge environmental damage and bring little .. 5 dead as buildings collapse in Philippine quake AFP Manila At least five people were killed when buildings collapsed near Manila after a powerful earthquake set skyscrapers swaying and drove terrified locals into the street. Rescuers in one area were using heavy .. Govt warns media over plotting against Duterte AFP Manila The Philippine government on Monday warned the press against plotting to “destroy” President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, as his spokesman accused journalists of spreading fake news. The warning .. 45 killed in drowning incidents at start of summer in Philippines Manila: Forty-five people were killed in drowning accidents in the Philippines from the start of summer to the Easter holidays, police said Monday. The deaths were recorded from April 5 to Easter Sunday, according to .. Sri Lanka PM not alerted to warning of attack because of ‘internal rift’ COLOMBO: A rift between Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister, which sparked a crisis last year, came under scrutiny on Monday a day after a series of deadly bomb blasts, with questions over how the government handled a ..