A series of bomb-blasts hit luxury hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday killing 42 worshippers and injuring hundreds of attendees of Easter services.
The blasts occurred at about 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in the respective churches, spokesman for the police, Ruwan Gunasekera informed.
The first editions of explosions were reported from St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s in Negombo just outside the country's capital.
CAPTION: 42 Killed and 280 Injured in Sri Lanka
About 160 people wounded in the St Anthony’s blast were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital by Sunday morning, a police official informed AFP.
A post in the St Sebastian’s Church's Facebook read as follows,
A bomb attack to our church, please come and help if your family members are there,
Shortly after those blasts, police officials confirmed three hotels in Colombo had also been terrorized, along with a church in Batticaloa, in the east of Sri Lanka
An official at the Batticaloa hospital informed AFP that more than 300 people suffering injuries from the blast had been admitted.
Images of the tragic event circulating on social media depicted the roof of one of the targeted church had been almost blown off.
The floor of the scene was littered with a mixture of splintered wood, roof tiles, and blood.
Several church-goers were drenched in blood, with some trying to help those with more serious injuries.
The images of the blast could not immediately be verified.
Around 6% of Sri Lanka population is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a uniting force because it comprises people from both the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups.