- A dash cam video circulating on social media appears to show the moment a bomb exploded at one of the churches that was targeted in Sunday’s bombings in Sri Lanka.
- Many were killed and even more injured at St Anthony’s shrine in the Kochchikade district of Colombo.
- It was just one of three Christian churches to be targeted as worshippers enjoyed Easter services.
- Three luxury hotels in Colombo were also bombed.
- The death toll from the bombings is now above 200 people and over 450 are estimated to be injured, though both of these figures have been rising all day.
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A video circulating on social media appears to show the moment a bomb explodes at St Anthony’s shrine in the Kochchikade district of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday.
The explosion was one of the most devastating that took place during Easter services around the country.
Churches in Negombo and Batticaloa were also targeted, as were three luxury hotels in the island’s capital.
At current, the death toll from the bombings is at 207 people and an estimated 450 are injured, though, both of these figures have been rising all day.
Heavy casualties were suffered at St Anthony’s, according to the BBC, and graphic imagery posted by Reuters news agency shows the devastation caused.
Speaking from the shrine itself, BBC Sinhala’s Azzam Ameen said: “I’ve spoken to several priests who were in the church and they were really shocked, as were the police officers.
“After the Tamil Tigers were defeated in 2009, Sri Lanka hasn’t really seen this kind of incident.”
The defence minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, told press that seven people have since been arrested in connection with the attacks.