Barely three days after South African Church collapsed during worship killing 13 people, at least 207 people have been confirmed dead after 8 explosions ripped through high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning. The dead include 35 foreigners – from the UK, US and Netherlands, according to sources.
The suspected bombers reportedly blew themselves up. About 450 people suffered various injuries.
Sri Lanka’s Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardena said investigations had established that the separate attacks were the work of a single group of suicide bombers.
The 8 separate explosions appeared timed to cause maximum casualties among Christians attending Easter services, sources say. Majority of the people in Sri Lanka are said to be Buddhists.
Three churches and three luxury hotels were reportedly targeted. There were also explosions at a guest house near the zoo and in a residential area of Colombo.
Police say that more than 50 people were killed at one Church – St Sebastian’s in Negombo, north of the capital, Colombo.
The Cinnamon Grand, a luxury hotel located in the center of the city and used by many politicians was among the hotels targeted.
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“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,” Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Twitter after emergency meeting of security chiefs.
Sri Lanka has a population of about 22 million. According to Sri Lanka’s 2012 census, 70% of the population are Buddhists, 12.6% Hindus, 9.7% Muslims, and 7.6% Christians.