COLOMBO: Multiple explosions were reported in Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo on Sunday during Easter Sunday mass. People had gathered in churches across the country for Easter celebrations on Sunday. According to Sri Lankan media, at least 70 people have been reported dead and over 260 people have been injured following several explosions in the city. Reports inform that the blast had taken at at least six places across the nation, three of which were in churches while the other three were in hotels. The hotels that were hit by explosions included five star hotels like Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel and Kingsbury Hotel. In the wake of the incident, STF and Army have been deployed at several spots.
According to latest update, over 260 people have been injured in the blast and have been rushed to the nearby hospital. Casualties have been reported, but the exact number cannot be ascertained. Reports quoting Intelligence states that ISI could be behind the attacks. More details on the incident are awaited.
According to tweets by several users on micro-blogging site Twitter, the initial explosions were reported at the premises of St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, resulting in injuries. Reports inform that the six places that have been hit by the explosion are- Kochikade Church, Katuwapitiya Church, Shangri La hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Kingsbury Hotel, and a church in Batticaloa.
According to several reports from Sri Lanka, the blasts took place at churches in Batticaloa, Negombo and Colombo and in hotels in Colombo including the Shangri La and the Kingsbury. On Thursday, local media of Sri Lanka revealed that female de-mining laborers were critically wounded when a landmine suddenly blasted in Muhamalai, Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka.
(Courtesy: With ‘Latest LY’, Sri Lankan Government media news.lk and others local media input)
(Explosion at Church in Sri Lanka. Photo Credits: Twitter, @saksivarnan)
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