156 Killed in Sri Lanka Blasts, PM Modi Condoles Loss of Lives
Six near simultaneous explosions rocked three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, killing at least 156 people and injuring around 400 others, in one of the deadliest blasts in the island nation’s history.
A total of six blasts were reported in the country, hitting three high-end hotels and one church in Colombo, along with two additional churches outside the capital in Negombo and Batticaloa. Thirty five foreigners are among those who died in the blasts.
No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to condemn the blasts, saying there is “no place for such barbarism in our region” and “India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.”
- At least 45 people have died in Colombo, 68 in Negombo and 27 in Batticaloa
- The churches targeted include St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and another church in Batticaloa
- The hotels targeted include the Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has tweeted saying, “I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation.”
Death Toll Rises to 156, 35 Foreigners Among Those Killed
The death toll in the Sri Lanka blasts has risen to 156, with 35 foreigners among those who have been killed, AFP quoted the police as saying.
‘Call Upon All Sri Lankans to Remain United and Strong’: Sri Lankan PM
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took to Twitter to “strongly condemn” the blasts targeting churches and hotels, as he called upon the citizens to “remain united and strong”.
“The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation,” he wrote.
‘All Measures Taken to Maintain Peace, Security Tightened’: Sri Lankan Minister
Harsh de Silva, the Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, took to Twitter to share the steps being taken by the authorities.