Bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lankan churches, hotels on Easter Sunday

Blood stains are seen on the wall and on a Jesus Christ statue at the St. Sebastian’s Church after blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. | Photo Credit: AP

Eight explosions target churches, luxury hotels in Colombo, Batticaloa; Access to social media platforms, including Whatsapp, Viber blocked; Most blasts triggered by suicide bombers, says Defence Minister.

Over 200 people were killed and nearly 500 injured in a series of blasts that shook Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Churches and luxury hotels were targeted in the deadliest incidents since the civil war ended a decade ago.

As many as eight blasts occurred in and around the capital Colombo and in the eastern city of Batticaloa on Sunday morning, as large groups gathered at churches for Easter services.

“Most of the blasts appear to have been suicide bombings,” State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told a press conference.

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