Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxurious hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians started Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts began at round 8:45am native time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority city outdoors of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the jap coast was additionally focused. At across the identical time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels have been additionally hit, police confirmed.

Two extra explosions occurred later in the day, concentrating on two extra areas in Colombo. All assaults seem to have been coordinated.

At least 207 individuals have been killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 have been injured in the assaults. Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, confirmed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.