Series of blasts in Sri Lanka: About 137 Killed and 300 Injured
Almost eight explosions at churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka has shaken the country on the day of Easter. This horrific incident took the lives of about 137 people, including 35 foreigners and has injured 300 others. According to the reports, the eight blasts were triggered by a suicide bomber.
Into the story, three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services while the Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in Colombo, were also hit.
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took to his official Twitter account to condemn the attacks saying: “I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”
An official at the Colombo National Hospital said that hundreds of victims had already been admitted, and more were still coming in. The intelligence reports revealed that the blasts targeted Christians and tourists at top hotels.
Only around six per cent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.