Explosions rocked the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo as Islamic terrorists detonated suicide bombs in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. Officials have said the blasts were timed to cause maximum casualties as terrorists targeted Christians attending Easter services.
Reports indicate that over 200 people have been killed, and hundreds more have been injured.
More than 50 people were killed at St. Sebastian’s in the town of Katuwapitiya just north of the Sri Lankan capital. The roof of the church was destroyed by the blast.
Four hotels in Colombo were also targeted in the attacks, including the Cinnamon Grand, a luxury hotel frequented by politicians.
One of the explosions was reported to have taken place in the vicinity of the national zoo when security forces managed to corner several terrorists.
Local hospitals have been overwhelmed with the influx of casualties. The eastern port city of Batticaloa saw over 300 people injured in a blast at the Zion church.
The attacks were widely condemned by world leaders including President Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and Pope Francis.
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 21, 2019
Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 21, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. We firmly condemn these odious acts. We stand by the people of Sri Lanka and our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the victims on this Easter Sunday. https://t.co/NytqQP9aE7
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 21, 2019
The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.
We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 21, 2019
The government of Sri Lanka has instituted a nationwide curfew as well as a social media ban to combat spreading misinformation about the terror attacks.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the brutal attacks.