Explosions Hit Churches, Hotels in Sri Lanka during Easter Mass

Multiple blasts have hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, causing mass casualties among worshippers

Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast (Photo: AP)

More than 150 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a series of bomb attacks on hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services.

At least seven blasts have been reported, four at hotels and three at churches, with the first taking place at St. Anthony's Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian's in the town of Negombo just outside the capital.

Shortly after those blasts were reported, police confirmed three hotels, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, in the capital had also been hit, along with a church in the town of Batticalao, in the east of the country. Around two hours later there was a seventh bomb blast on the outskirts of Colombo.

According to AFP, Sri Lanka's police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday's bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches."

 

[Source: The Telegraph]