Death toll rises to 129 in Lanka serial blasts, over 300 injured

Chennai: Over 129 people have been killed and as many as 300 people were injured as serial blasts hit two churches in Sri Lanka, including Colombo, the capital of the country.

The six serial blasts that were tageted at churches occurred around 8.45 am as Easter Sunday masses were in progress. At least 300 people were injured when multiple explosions hit the churches, reports have said.

Three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital were also targets, Sri Lankan police said.

The first blast ripped through St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo. A second explosion was reported at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo. The church has appealed for help on its Facebook page.

Sri Lanka security officials say six near simultaneous blasts hit three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists, said police reported Associated Press.

The Colombo National Hospital spokesperson, Dr Samindi Samarakoon, according to media reports, said at least 280 people have been admitted with injuries.

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has tweeted that she is monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka as the exact details of those injured are yet to be declared.

‘Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,’ said Sushma Swaraj in her tweet.

NT Bureau