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138 killed in simultaneous blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday
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138 killed in simultaneous blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Chathuri Dissanayake

Screen grab of one of the curches that came under attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Six blasts at 8.45 am. Three Churches and three luxury hotels were targeted.

Every single blast that ripped through Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday is said to have taken place at the exact same time – 8.45 am. Indicating that these were well planned, coordinated attacks.

Officials said at least 138 people have been killed in the six blasts, confirmed now.

The blasts were reported in Sri Lanka targeting church goers on Easter Sunday while three more luxury hotels were targeted too causing serious injury and casualties.

The three churches including a famous one in the heart of Colombo and another in Negambo a predominantly Catholic area were targeted, with the blasts going off at the same time.

“The blasts at both churches have gone off at 8.45am today, with the three blasts in the luxury hotels in Colombo going off at the same time,” police Spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

According to Gunesekara multiple casualties have been reported with large numbers of injured being admitted to hospital.

Sources have confirmed that at least 27 people have died and 67 grievously injured in the blast in Batticaloa this morning. In Colombo North Teach hospital 7 deaths, 24 injured reported so far. At least 62 people have died and 110 people injured in the Negombo explosion. The National Hospital of Sri Lanka has reported the death of 42 persons and over 200 injured including some foreign nationals.

There have been no claimants for the attack.

Sri Lanka had seen its worst of explosions and attacks during its close to three-decade old Sinhalese-Tamil conflict with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which came to a close in May 2009 following the death of the group’s leader V Prabhakaran.

Experts who look at the devastating attack on Churches point out that minorities of both Sinhalese and Tamils are Christians and that most of them are Roman Catholics. According to the 2012 Sri Lanka census there are about 70% Buddhists, just over 12% Hindus, close to 10% Muslims and Christians make up about 7.6% of the population.