Scores of people have been killed and hundreds wounded in a series of blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Explosions occurred in the capital Colombo, as well as in a town north of the capital and a town on the east coast. Churches and hotels were targeted. Nobody has claimed responsibility so far.
What are the casualty figures?
State media in Sri Lanka says 129 people have been killed, while an official told the Associated Press that the death told had reached 138. News reports say that around 500 people have been killed.
Where did the explosions take place?
Four explosions took place in Colombo, one at St. Anthony’s Shrine and three at hotels, reported by the BBC to be the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels.
AP reports that explosions also occurred in at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a north of Colombo that is home to many Catholics, and in the eastern town of Batticaloa at the Zion Church.
What is known about the perpetrators?
An official told AP that two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers.
This is a developing story