Sunday, April 21, 2019

Massive Terror Attack in Srilanka: Above 160 killed, 450 injured

Massive Terror Attack in Srilanka: Above 160 killed, 450 injured
Colombo: Six explosions ripped through Sri Lanka’s churches and popular hotels on Sunday, 21st April 2019 morning, with authorities saying 160 people were feared dead.

Worshippers were targeted at the Kochikade, St Sebastian and Batticaloa churches during Easter mass. The other locations are Hotel Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotel.

There were initial reports of at least 80 people injured in the capital but sources said about 450 injured people had been brought to hospitals.

A string of blasts hit high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 42 and injuring hundreds of people as worshippers attended Easter services.

The first explosions were reported at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s in the town of Negombo just outside the capital.

At least 160 people injured in the St Anthony’s blast had been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital by mid-morning, an official told AFP.

“A bomb attack to our church, please come and help if your family members are there,” read a post in English on the Facebook page of the St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo.

Shortly after those blasts were reported, police confirmed three hotels in the capital had also been hit, along with a church in the town of Batticalao, in the east of the country.

An official at the Batticaloa hospital told AFP more than 300 people had been admitted with injuries following the blast there.

Photos circulating on social media showed the roof of one church had been almost blown off in the blast.

The floor was littered with a mixture of roof tiles, splintered wood and blood.

Several people could be seen covered in blood, with some trying to help those with more serious injuries.

The images could not immediately be verified.

Only around six percent 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.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said I she was in touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo and India was keeping a close watch on the situation. The High Commission said Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification could call the following numbers: +94777903082 +94112422788 +94112422789.

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