Three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels in the nation’s capital Colombo and in Negombo and Batticaloa were hit by explosions on Easter Sunday.
At least six explosions have been reported. As reported, the blasts were simultaneous around 8:45am local time (4:15 BST). An official said they suspect the blasts at two churches were carried out by suicide bombers. The three hotels targeted were the five-star Shangri-La Hotel and Cinnamon Grand as well as the Kingsbury hotels in central Colombo. Several people were killed and many others were wounded. According to the hospital director, there are more than 20 dead, and 280 injured from the blasts. Comparing reports from multiple sources, dath toll may be however up to 40 persons. Foreign tourists may be among the casualties.There were no immediate claims of responsibility.
Easter Sunday is one of the major feasts in the Christian calendar. Government minister Mano Ganeshan, at the scene of one of the blasts in Colombo, expressed his shock at the attacks. St Sebastian's church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page and requested help from the public.
Death toll rises: there are at least 300 killed and at least 560 wounded in explosions.