During this Easter Holiday at least 137 people are reported to have been killed, with more hundreds believed to be injured in explosions that took place at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police and hospital sources say. 7 people have already been arrested in relation to the incident.
From the reports obtained, at least eight explosions were reported. The targets were 3 churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa. In addition, The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels were also targeted. Trending Images show pictures of damaged churches (St Sebastian’s in Negombo).
At least 9 foreign nationals were killed in Colombo, hospital sources told the BBC. Reuters quoted a police source as saying more than 50 people died in Negombo, while hospital sources in Batticaloa said at least 27 people had died there.
A hotel official at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence, told AFP the explosion there had ripped through a restaurant, killing at least one person.
President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a statement calling for people to remain calm and support the authorities in their investigations.
No group has yet said it was responsible for the attacks.