30 killed in explosions at churches, hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

2019-04-21 07:23
St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Photo: Wikipedia)

St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Photo: Wikipedia)

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A Sri Lankan hospital spokesperson says at least 30 people have been killed and 283 others wounded in six near simultaneous blasts that have hit three churches and three hotels in the country on Easter Sunday.

A security official says they suspect the blasts at two churches were carried out by suicide bombers.

One church, St. Anthony's Shrine, and the three hotels are in Colombo and are frequented by foreign tourists. The other two churches are in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo, and the eastern town of Batticaloa.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with reporters.

Alex Agileson who was in the vicinity says buildings in the surrounding area shook with the blast.

He says a number of injured were carried in ambulances.

The second explosion was reported at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo.

The church has appealed for help on its Facebook page.

Sri Lankan security officials say they are checking for details.

St Sebastian Church Sri Lanka blast
A photo posted by the St Sebastian Church in Colombo on its Facebook page, moments after the blast that hit the Sunday Easter service. (Facebook)

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