Death Toll at the Sri Lankan Church Bombings rises to 129

Updated On 21 Apr, 2019 Published On

At least 100 people were killed and nearly 300 wounded in a series of blasts at three churches and three hotels in and around Colombo, Sri Lankan capital on Easter Sunday.

Initial reports from hospitals put the death toll at 30, but Sri Lanka's national newspaper now reports 129 have been killed.


CAPTION: Death Toll at the Sri Lankan Church Bombings rises to 129



The explosions killed and injured numerous church-goers and hotel guests, according to a report security personnel.

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official, who spoke on anonymously as he was not authorized to speak with reporters.

St. Anthony's Shrine and the hotels where the blasts took place are located in Colombo and are visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Dr. Samindi Samarakoon, spokesman for the National Hospital told The Associated Press that 30 people had died while the injured were being treated at Colombo's main hospital.

Alex Agieleson, a witness from the blast, said buildings shook with the bomb-blasts, and that numerous injured people were rushed away to hospitals in ambulances.

Sri Lankan local television reported damage at the Shangri-LaCinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury hotels.

Other three blasts were reported from St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a Catholic town outside Colombo, and at Zion Church in the town of Batticaloa.