Indians at Sri Lanka’s Shangri-La Hotel saw fellow guests injured by huge glass shrapnels

COLOMBO: An Indian national, who escaped the worst terror attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, said it was a “horrific sight” to see huge chunks of glass on the bodies of fellow guests and white aprons of chefs drenched in blood after a suicide bomber struck a luxury hotel here.

Sri Lankan authorities said 290 people were killed and over 500 others injured when suicide bombers attacked three churches and luxury hotels in the country.

Akshat Saraf, 30, was in Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel with his wife and infant daughter when the explosions struck. They could hear blasts from their room on the 25th floor.

“First blast was very loud and our room started shaking. At first I thought it was a thunderstorm and I didn’t pay too much attention. It had been raining in Sri Lanka for some time,” he told CNN.

“It was the second blast when I sensed that something was not right,” he said.

The Government Analyst’s Department said the blasts at the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels, and also at St Anthony’s Church in Kotahena, St.

Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya and the Zeon Church in Batticaloa have been identified as suicide bombings.

“A total of seven suicide bombers had carried out these explosions,” the department was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times.