No fewer than 150 people were killed and hundreds hospitalized from injuries in Sri Lanka Easter bombings attacks on hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services.
One of the churches targeted was St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. The other two were St Sebastian’s in Negombo, about 30km from the capital and another in Batticaloa, 250km east of the capital.
The three other bombings struck luxury hotels – the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La – located in the heart of Colombo, killing at least 35 foreigners.
The seventh explosion occurred at a hotel near the national zoo in the capital, killing at least two more people, police said, while an eighth blast hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of Colombo
Americans, British and Dutch citizens were among dozens of foreigners killed.Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called the blasts “cowardly” and said the government was working to “contain the situation.” will hold an emergency meeting with the country’s top military officials of the National Security Council. He has also called for an emergency convening of the nation’s parliament on Monday.
“I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he wrote in a tweet. Local security officials said at least two of the attacks appeared to have been carried out by suicide bombers.