BREAKING: Sri Lanka rocked by multiple blasts in Churches, hotels

About one-and-a-half ton people have been killed and many more injured in and around Sri Lankan capital city Colombo after explosions in three churches and three hotels on Sunday morning local time.

The blasts took place at around 8.45 am local time and immediately the nature of explosions is not clear. No group has claimed responsibility.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister condemned the attack in which nine foreigners too have been killed. In a tweet message he appealed to people to stay strong and united.

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s tweet read, “I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. 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.”

Shocked by the blasts President Maithripala Sirisena urged citizens to remain calm.

Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, tweeted the government has called for emergency meeting and rescue operations are underway.

The first two blasts were reported Stmn Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo town and at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo.

The blasts took place at around 8.45 am local time and immediately the nature of explosions is not clear. No group has claimed responsibility.

Little later police confirmed four more blasts in one church in Batticaloa town and three hotels, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the Shangri-La and Kingsbury, in the capital.

Facebook page of St Sebastian’s Church read, “A bomb attack to our church, please come and help if your family members are there.”

Paul Linus