Sri Lanka Imposes Curfew After More Than 185 Killed, 560 Injured In Multiple Explosions

“Blasts rock churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday”

A deadly wave of bomb attacks and in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka has resulted in the deaths of more than 150 people and injured hundreds on Easter Sunday.

Many of the blasts – eight in total so far – appeared to have been timed to cause maximum casualties among worshippers attending Easter services.

“In one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of the capital Colombo, more than 50 people have been killed”

The church roof was completely blown out in the explosion, with roof tiles and splintered wood littering the floor and pools of blood in between wounded worshippers.

Most of the targets were either in or close to the capital, Colombo. Among the hotels targeted was the Cinnamon Grand, a luxury hotel in the center of the city that is favored by top bureaucrats.

Explosions occurred during Easter services at churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa. Additional blasts ripped through three hotels, the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel, all in the capital city Colombo, according to state broadcaster SLRC.

At least 20 foreigners are among the dead in Colombo, according to hospital Director General Anil Jasinghe.

Sri Lankan security officials said police and security services immediately rushed to all affected areas and sealed off the churches and hotels.

The country’s authorities convened an emergency meeting involving the heads of the army, air force, and navy, according to Sri Lanka’s economic reforms minister, Harsha de Silva.

He said on Twitter that all emergency steps had been taken and that the group would issue a statement on the blasts.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the blasts on Twitter, calling on Sri Lankans to “remain united and strong.”

President Maithripala Sirisena also spoke out following the attacks. “I have given instructions to take very stern action against the persons who are responsible for this conspiracy,” he said.

Leave has been canceled for all police in Sri Lanka.

“Horrible scenes, I saw many body parts strewn all over,” de Silva said after visiting the Kochchikade church and Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. “We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives.”

As the attacks continued, the Sri Lankan government imposed a curfew.

Leaders around the world rushed to condemn the attacks.

Faisal Rahat

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