More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a string of bomb attacks on hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services in major Sri Lankan cities.
Americans, British and Dutch citizens were among dozens of foreigners killed. At least 525 people injured have been admitted to different hospitals in the South Asian country.
So far eight blasts have been reported – four at hotels and three at churches – with the first two taking place at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s in the town of Negombo just outside the capital. The eighth was a suicide attack, which left three policemen dead.
At least 45 people were killed in Colombo, where the explosions hit a church and three hotels Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury.
About 67 people were killed in an attack on a church in Negombo north of the capital, while another 25 dead at a church in Batticaloa, the east town of the country.
Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, which resulted in numerous casualties.
Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said that “Pakistan condemns explosions and terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka at Churches & Hotels, that have led to numerous casualties and immense loss. People and Government of Pakistan stand by people and Government of Sti Lanka at this moment of tragedy and against terror.”