Colombo: At least 35 foreigners were among the 150 people killed in multiple blasts that hit several churches and high-end hotels across Sri Lanka on Sunday. Over 560 people were injured in the deadly attacks, said reports.
Explosions occurred during Easter services at churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. Blasts also ripped through three high-end hotels — the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel — in the capital Colombo.
The first blast was reported at St Anthony’s Shrine in the capital Colombo. A second explosion was then confirmed at St Sebastian’s a church in the town of Negombo, north of the capital. Soon after, police confirmed that a third church in the town of Batticaloa had been hit, along with three hotels in Colombo. A seventh blast was reported in Dehiwela, near the capital, said reports.
No group has so far taken responsibility for the explosions.
After rumours of more such attacks began circulating, police told people to stay inside their houses and remain calm.
Heavy military presence has also been see in front of all major state buildings, said media reports.