Colombo, Apr 21: A series of explosions, at least six, have reportedly been taken place at two churches and three hotels at the national capital in Sri Lanka and 50 people feared dead. Around 450 people got injured, a BBC report was quoted as saying.
The bomb blasts occurred at churches as worshipers had gathered in large numbers to attend the Easter services. The first blast happened at 8.45AM on Sunday in St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade and the other at St Sebestian's Church in Katuwapitiya, Katana. Worshippers were targeted at the Kochikade, St Sebastian and Batticaloa churches during Easter mass. The other locations are Hotel Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotel.
Images on social media showed the inside of one of the churches - St Sebastian's in Negombo - with a shattered ceiling and blood on the pews. Sri Lankan media report that foreign tourists may be among the casualties.
There were initial reports of at least 450 injured people had been brought to the nearby hospitals. President Maithripala Sirisena in a statement has requested people to remain calm and support the authorities in their investigations.
No-one has taken the responsibility of the attack. There have been fears that returning fighters from the Islamic State group could pose a threat in the country. A growing enmity between Muslims and majority Buddhist Sinhala community is also a big issue.