Sri Lanka churches and hotels hit by explosions, at least 137 dead

Sri Lanka churches and hotels hit by explosions, at least 137 dead

- Multiple sites across Sri Lanka have been targeted with blasts, leaving hundreds injured and over 137 dead

- Among the buildings hit were 3 upmarket hotels and 3 churches

- The country’s finance minister has called for unity during what he has called a “well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem & anarchy.”

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An unprecedented tragedy has shaken Sri Lanka this Easter Sunday, with multiple locations across the country having been targeted by bombings.

According the The Citizen, scores of lives have been taken in Colombo, at the sites of a church and two high-end hotels.

In the town of Batticaloa, another church was attacked and at least 10 more citizens have been confirmed dead.

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More instances of destruction and injury from separate blasts north of Sri Lanka’s capital have been also been reported.

Briefly.co.za saw that Sri Lanka’s finance minister, Mangala Samaraweera, reached out to the world via social media, condemning the apparent “attempt to create murder, mayhem & anarchy.”

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The country’s Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, urged Sri Lankan citizens to “Stay calm and indoors.”

De Silva immediately visited sites of the blasts, including two of the targeted hotels and the St Anthony’s Shrine church.

The minister described traumatic scenes, with “body parts strewn all over” and hundreds of casualties.

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As of yet, no claims of responsibility have been made and the reason for and nature of the explosions is unclear.

The world is in shock as words of comfort, disbelief and anger stream in from social media platforms across the globe.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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