8 Blasts hit Sri Lanka churches and hotels on Easter, 185 dead and 400 injured

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Sri Lanka blasts: At least 185 dead and more than 400 injured in Colombo. (Photo: REUTERS)

On Easter, today, Multiple Sri Lanka churches along with three hotels were hit by explosions. In this incident, several people wounded an s per sources. One of the churches as well as hotels is in the nation’s capital Colombo, and another church is in Negombo, i.e. north of Colombo.

People were gathered in churches from all across the country for Easter celebrations, and at that time this happened. In the wake of this incident, Army and STF have been deployed at various spots.

As per the sources in the police bomb squad, one of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Colombo. The other two were t Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. Three five star hotels include the Cinnamon Grand, the Kingsbury, and the Shangrila. About 185 killed and more than 300 people were injured, as reported.

The sources supposed ‘our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties.’ On the other side, Colombo National hospital confirmed that many wounded and brought in for treatment.

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Also, photos were posted by St. Sebastian’s church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo regarding the destruction inside the church on its Facebook page. These photos show that blood on pews as well as floor and also urged help from the general public.

It is reported by police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera that blasts occurred at around 8.45am at the time when Easter Sunday masses were in progress.

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On this incident, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the Indian government, as well as envoys, are directly monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka. She tweeted ‘I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are observing very closely on the situation.’

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka Prime Minister, will be holding an emergency meeting to discuss regarding the situation. As per the reports Christian community in Sri Lanka has been targeted specially on Easter. Also, no individual or group has claimed liability for the attack.