On April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, a series of coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka killed more than 250 people, including dozens of foreign nationals. The suicide bombings targeted churches and luxury hotels. Dataminr alerted clients to the event 26 minutes ahead of major news reports and delivered over 200 updates as the attacks unfolded. Real-time alerts provided corporate security, executive protection and crisis management teams with increased visibility into rapidly moving events and ensuing developments empowering those teams to make faster and better-informed decisions to protect their people and assets.
Dataminr's first alert preceded major news reports by 26 minutes.
Dataminr provided over 200 alerts as the tragic events on Easter Sunday unfolded.
Explosion reported at St Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade neighborhood of Colombo, Sri Lanka: Reporter via Twitter.
Evacuation after two explosions heard at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka: Local Source Video via Twitter.
Casualties seen on ground after bomb explodes inside St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka: Local Source via Facebook.
Second explosion heard at Kingsbury hotel in Colombo, Sri lanka: Reporter Photo via Twitter.
Two Catholic churches and three hotels, including Cinnamon Grand and Shangri-La, targeted by explosions in Sri Lanka: Local Source via Twitter.
At least 10 killed and more than 100 injured, including multiple foreign nationals, after six explosions target churches and hotels in Sri Lanka: Local News Outlet via Twitter.