Multiple explosions have rocked the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo Easter Sunday morning killing 129 people and injuring hundreds more, according to multiple reports.
Six different explosions were reported at churches and hotels as worshippers gathered for Easter service, causing casualties. Sri Lanka security official said six near simultaneous blasts hit three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists, according to the Associated Press.
At least 129 people were killed and nearly 500 hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, the state-run Daily News reported.
It’s the worst spout of violence in Sri Lanka since the South Asian country’s bloody civil war ended a decade ago.
The first blast through St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo.
Alex Agileson who was in the vicinity said buildings in the surrounding area shook with the blast, according to the Associated Press.
He said a number of injured were carried in ambulances.
A second explosion was reported at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo.
In a statement issued over Twitter, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attacks and warned against spreading unverified reports.
“I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation,” he said. “The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”