Early Morning in Sri Lanka today begins with explosions that hit several high-end hotels and churches, killing at least 138 people and injuring 560, while attending Easter Masses on Sunday Morning.
Explosions occurred during Easter services at churches in the cities of Colombo – the heart of Sri Lanka, Negombo and Batticaloa. According to hospital Director – General Anil Jasinghe, at least 20 foreigners are among the dead in Colombo.
Bombings At Churches and Hotels
The deadliest Of Explosions began at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city in Colombo, the capital. More than 50 people had been killed in just one church. The other two churches attacked were St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa, within half an hour. There also 25 people killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
At St. Anthony’s, black smoke yell out from the front doors and witnesses said many people had died inside. N. A. Sumanapala, a shopkeeper near the church-run inside to help and saw a river of blood. Later, The priest came out and he was covered in blood.
According to new york times reports, the targets of the attacks were Catholic worshipers who were attending Easter Mass and guests at high-end hotels.
Three explosions also occurred in luxury hotels – the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La – located in the heart of Colombo, are popular with foreign tourists. The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced the state of emergency from the midnight
In Sri Lanka, Columbo had a series of a coordinated bombing that killed almost 200 people and shattering the relative calm that war-torn nation had enjoyed in many Years. According to the local reports, Sri Lanka police chief had warned of possible suicide attacks before Sunday blasts.
Till now, Sri Lankan Government has not claimed anyone responsible for the attacks yet in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.
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Here are Some tweets After Bombing In Sri Lanka: Sources Economic Times & Aljazeera.