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Sri Lanka's The Kingsbury hotel to reopen Wednesday following Easter bombings

Apr 24, 2019 10:07 AM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)


ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka's luxury hotel The Kingsbury will be functional from Wednesday after the Easter Sunday bombings, the firm said in a statement.

"Whilst the management is making its utmost efforts to bring the affected restaurant (Harbour Court Multi Cuisine) to normalcy, the rest of the operations of the hotel will be functional effective 24th April 2019," the hotel said.

The Kingsbury was among three luxury hotels which were targeted by radical islamist terrorists on Easter Sunday, with bombs set off in their main restaurants.

In total, there were eight attacks, including the hotels, as well as three churches, killing over 350 people and wounding over 500.

Among the dead were 39 foreigners, according to the Tourism Ministry.

Most hotels are now setting up baggage scanners, and scanning guests as well, while some hotels are allowing entry only for previously booked clients. 

The Tourism Ministry said it was working with the Defence Ministry to ensure all major tourist spots are safe.

There was a major security lapse in the government, with President Maithripala Sirisena admitting that the state intelligence agencies had known of the attack, but top security brass had not informed it to political leadership or taken action.

Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando said he did not expect the attacks to be of this magnitude. 

The Kingsbury's share had fallen 10 cents (0.83 percent) to 11.90 rupees in thin trading on Tuesday, when the Colombo Stock Exchange reopened after the attack. (Colombo/Apr24/2019-SB)


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