156 dead, 560 injured as bombers attack churches, hotels in Sri Lanka on Easterday
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The latest of the bombings occurred at about 10.30 as the attackers continued to target major churches and high-end hotels in the Asian country.
So far, according to Aljazeera, there were eight bomb attacks across cities in Sri Lanka.
According to CNN the explosions occurred during Easter services at churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa.
"Additional blasts ripped through three hotels, the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel, all in capital city Colombo, according to state broadcaster SLRC," CNN's Sugam Pokharel and Euan McKirdy reported.
They said "at least 20 foreigners are among the dead in Colombo, according to hospital Director General Anil Jasinghe."
The police has no idea yet on what the motive of the attack was targeted.
Aljazeera said "most of the victims were killed in three churches where worshippers were attending Easter Sunday services."
"Three other bombings struck luxury hotels - the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La - located in the heart of Colombo, killing at least 35 foreigners."
Security officials told CNN that "police and security services immediately rushed to all affected areas and sealed off the churches and hotels."
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the blasts on Twitter, calling on Sri Lankans to "remain united and strong."
President Maithripala Sirisena is being quoted by CNN saying that "I have given instructions to take very stern action against the persons who are responsible for this conspiracy," he said.