There are hundreds and hundreds of casualties in an apparent string of suicide bomb attacks that appear to be targeting Christian worshippers on Easter Sunday. The eight seemingly coordinated blasts ripped through churches and hotels in Colombo and other coastal areas of Sri Lanka. Among the dead are UK and US citizens.
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According to reports from the Daily Mail:
At least 207 people have died after suspected suicide bombers blew up churches and five-star hotels in an Easter Sunday terror attack in Sri Lanka.
The eight blasts today ripped through landmarks around Colombo and on Sri Lanka’s east coast, targeting Christians, hotel guests and foreign tourists, leaving at least 450 people wounded, and killing three British citizens, and two UK-US dual citizens.
Six bombs went off in quick succession before another two blasts two hours later in Sri Lanka’s worst violence since the end of its decades-long civil war in 2009.
As details of the horror emerged today, Sri Lankan TV chef Shantha Mayadunne and her London-based daughter Nisanga were among the first victims named.
Many of the targets including the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Kingsbury hotels and St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, are all frequent hot spots for tourism in the area.
An explosion was also reported at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo. Negombo has a large population of Catholics. Zion Church in Batticalo was also hit by an explosion.
As police officers rushed to respond to the scenes of violence, a suicide bomber targeted the first responders. A suspected suicided bombed killed two police officers in Orugodawatta. Three more police officers were killed in another explosion during a house raid in Dematagoda, Colombo.