Bombings hit several hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, killing at least 160 people and injuring 560 others.
There were explosions during Easter services in churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. Additional explosions rocked three hotels, Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury Hotel, all in Colombo.
At least nine foreigners were among those killed in Colombo.
Sri Lankan security officials said police and security services immediately rushed to all affected areas and closed churches and hotels.
In a statement, the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo said the hotel’s Table One cafe had been damaged after 9 am local time. The hotel is famous for its foreign tourists and business community.
According to Dr Kumara Wikramasinghe, deputy director-general of Sri Lanka’s National Hospital, there were 62 dead, more than 100 wounded in Negombo, 52 dead, some 300 wounded in Colombo, 27 dead and about 70 injured in Batticaloa as Sri Lanka Explosion.
Sri Lankan media said some of the victims were in Colombo while others were killed in a church in the eastern city of Batticaloa.
And the other two churches that targeted the tomb of St. Anthony, a Catholic church in Colombo, and the Church of St. Sebastian in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of the capital as Sri Lanka Explosion.
The images on social media showed blood and rubble on the grounds of St. Sebastian’s church where members of the group tended to the wounded scattered across the peaks.
•Colombo Churches: 40 dead, 295 injured (official sources)
•Katuwapitiya Church: 93 dead (local media)
•Batticaloa Church: 27 dead, 73 injured (local media)