More than 100 dead in explosions inside Colombo churches and 5-star hotels

More than 500 people – including foreign tourists – have been injured.

Sri Lanka’s local media on Sunday reported that multiple explosions have taken place in the country’s capital of Colombo. More than 100 people have died in explosions in three churches and three five-star hotels.

A blast took place in a church in Batticaloa, followed by explosions reported inside three five-star hotels in the city – Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury.

According to a report in onlanka.com, explosions were also reported from St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade while there was another explosion in St.Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya. More than 500 people – including foreign tourists – have been injured.

Initial reports suggest that church-goers may have been specifically targeted on the occasion of Easter.

There is also no report on whether any Indian citizen has died or is injured even as the Indian embassy in Colombo monitors the situation.

The Sri Lankan authorities have not issued an official statement yet.

(This is a breaking news report and more details would be added as and when available)

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