At least 150 people have been killed and 400 injured in the Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels. The nature of the explosions, which happened at around 8.45 am local time, was not immediately clear.
While one blast hit St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the second blast hit St. Sebasitian’s Church in Katuwapitiutya, according to local media reports. Reports also state that the blasts also took place at two five star hotels in Fort.
Tweets on the Explosions.
Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj tweeted, “Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. “
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
Indian Prime Minister, Mr.Modi also condemned the horrific blasts on Sunday.
I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) April 21, 2019
Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It’s unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop !— Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) April 21, 2019
Extremely sad news from Sri Lanka on Easter. Enemies of humanity cannot be allowed to succeed in any part of the world and acts of terror should be condemned in strongest terms— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 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.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 21, 2019
We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.