20+killed, 280 injured in 6 blasts at Sri Lankan hotels and churches on Easter Sunday (VIDEO)

20+killed, 280 injured in 6 blasts at Sri Lankan hotels and churches on Easter Sunday (VIDEO)

Several churches and hotels have been targeted by explosions in Colombo, Sri Lanka, just as Christians started Easter celebrations, police confirmed to local media.

Blasts during Easter mass celebrations reportedly took place at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and another church in Katuwapitiya, Katana, just outside the capital. The explosions appear to have been coordinated, as both occurred around 8:45am local time.

At about the same time in the capital, the Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels were also hit, local media report.


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Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches. At least 150 people were reportedly rushed to hospitals.

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While there have been no confirmed deaths yet, casualties could potentially reach dozens or even a hundred, police fear.

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