At least 20 dead, 280 injured as serial blasts rock Churches, Hotels in Sri Lanka

Srinagar: Six serial blasts rocked Sri Lanka early on Sunday morning. The explosions hit 3 churches and two luxury hotels in Colombo and other parts of the country, killing at least 20 people.

At least 20 people have died so far while 280 others have been injured in the blasts early on Easter Sunday morning, Colombo National Hospital director said, reported Reuters.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the Indian government and envoys are closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka.

The blasts occurred at 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Four churches were targeted in the blasts, including Kochikade Church, Katuwapitiya Church, Kingsbury Church and a church in Batticaloa.

St. Sebastian’s church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

The blasts also targeted the Shangri-La Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be holding an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

Reports suggest the Christian community in Sri Lanka has been targeted in particular on Easter.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

The Indian High Commission has issued helpline numbers in a tweet. Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may call the following numbers : +94777903082 +94112422788 +94112422789

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