Sri Lanka serial blasts LIVE: Explosions hit 3 churches, 3 hotels on Easter; 99 reported dead, over 150 injured
New Delhi:A series of blasts rocked the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and other parts of the country on Sunday morning on the occasion of Easter as near simultaneous explosions hit three churches and three hotels, frequented by tourists. 25 people have been reported dead so far and about 150 people have been injured.
Many reports of Sri Lankan media said the number of injured to be around 200.
The blasts hit three high-end hotels and one church in Colombo, while two additional churches are targeted outside the capital.
Police officials have confirmed explosions at six places including St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, St. Sebastian Church in Katuwapitiya, Katana and a church in Batticaloa.
Sunday masses were underway at the churches, on the occasion of Easter.
The hotels where the blast took place include, Shangri La hotel a popular five star hotel of the city, Cinnamon Grand Hotel and Kingsbury Hotel.
The blasts occurred at around 8.45 a.m. (local time as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.
Initial reports had put the death toll at 10 and number of injured at 80.
Images and videos of a church showed completely damaged roof of the building.
It has not yet been confirmed whether or not these were terror attacks. Rescue operation is underway and an investigation has been started.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on the occasion and assured that she is keeping in constant touch with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo.
“Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close on the situation. @IndiainSL” she tweeted.
Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close on the situation. @IndiainSL
— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj April 21, 2019
(This is a developing story; more details are awaited