Easter Day bombs kill 138 in attacks on Sri Lankan churches, hotels

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said.

More than 75 were killed in St. Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province, and St Anthony's Church in Kochcikade, Colombo. The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Colombo. It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels. Nine foreigners were among the dead, the officials said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombing. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe strongly condemned the attacks and called upon all Sri Lankans to remain united and strong. He asked his citizens to avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation, adding that the government is taking immediate steps to contain the situation.

Source: VOV5