Sri Lanka: Churches, hotels hit by explosions on Easter Sunday, at least 150 killed in Colombo

Sri Lanka: Churches, hotels hit by explosions on Easter Sunday, at least 150 killed in Colombo

At least three churches were hit by explosions on Sunday, April 21, during Easter celebrations, leaving more than 200 people injured and at least 100 dead in Sri Lanka, Colombo's capital.

A number of Sri Lanka's five-star hotels were also struck by bomb blasts according to a report by BBC and other international news outlets.

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The country's police spokesperson, Ruwan Gunasekera, said the victims were being evacuated even as the security forces commenced investigations to find who is behind the attacks.

The devastating bomb blasts were confirmed by Colombo's police and Colombo National hospital officials who said at least 200 people were wounded and more than 50 others killed.

The officials noted the attacks were well coordinated and there is fear there could be more attacks.

No militant group has taken responsibility for the Sri Lanka assaults which are believed were targeting churchgoers during the busy Easter Sunday.

The country's president Maithripala Sirisena, however, assured the citizens to stay calm as investigations commenced.

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to Nigerians to remember security personnel, victims of terrorism and the less privileged in the country during the Easter season.

In a statement released by Abubakar on Thursday, April 18, in Abuja, the former vice president noted that Jesus Christ is a compassionate friend to all. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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