- Several bomb blasts killed more than 290 and injured at least 450 people at hotels and churches in multiple cities across Sri Lanka Sunday.
- The attacks claimed the lives of tourists from several countries and worshippers at Easter Sunday services.
- Seven people have been arrested in connection to the bombings and the attacks in the country’s capital city of Colombo have been identified as suicide bombing attacks.
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A series of bombs killed at least 290 and injured at least 450 people at hotels and churches in multiple cities across Sri Lanka Sunday.
Some of the country’s most famous hotels and churches were partially destroyed by the blasts, which killed tourists and Christian worshippers on Easter Sunday.
Sri Lankan officials promised citizens that the government has begun to sort out next steps and that seven people have been arrested in connection to the bombings.
See the aftermath so far of the deadly attacks:
The blasts devastated churches and high-end hotels in the capital city, including the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury.
Though more than 290 have already been confirmed dead, officials expect the toll to rise as hospitals continue to report back on patients.
At least 450 were reported injured from the blasts.
St. Sebastian’s in Negombo, north of Colombo was one of the churches that was devastated by a bomb while worshippers attended Easter Sunday services.
St. Anthony’s is one of the churches in the country’s capital city that was targeted by suicide bombers.
Police forces identified a radical Muslim group that was planning to hit “prominent churches,” nearly 10 days before the bombings, which are the most deadly religion-based attack since the country’s civil war ended 10 years ago.
Sri Lankan officials were quick to condemn the attacks, with Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera calling the blasts “a well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem & anarchy.”
A police spokesman announced Sunday afternoon that seven people were arrested in connection with the bombings after a house raid in Colombo.
Police have swarmed the capital city as investigations into the blasts are ongoing.
Families and communities across the country mourned the bombing victims in services held Monday as officials announced they would invoke an emergency law to continue the search for attackers.
Less than 24 hours after the first string of bombs, a van was discovered near St. Anthony’s Shrine with three bombs insider. Authorities tried to defuse the devices, but they detonated.
No injuries were reported from the small explosion, but it sent nearby pedestrians fleeing.
As the death toll continues to rise, authorities announced the attacks were under an active investigation that had spurred the arrests of 24 people by Monday morning.
Source: The New York Times
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