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#1 » by Key7 (β4481) » April 22nd, 2019, 12:06 pm

Over 300 people have been confirmed dead after suicide bombers and other explosions rock church and restaurant in Sri Lanka at Easter.
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As reported by Aljazeera news, mass casualties have been recorded in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka while about 13 suspects have been arrested after a series of church and hotel bombings hit the City on Easter Sunday killing over 200 people and wounding over 450.

In the reports, majority of the victims were Sri Lankan and killed in three churches where worshippers attending Easter Sunday services. 3 other bombings struck luxury hotels - the Cinnamon Grand, the Kingsbury and the Shangri-La - located in the heart of the capital Colombo, killing at least 35 foreigners.

A hotel official at the Cinnamon Grand said a suicide bomber blew himself up at the facility's restaurant. "He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast," he said.

According to another eye witness: "People didn't know what was going on. It was panic mode. There was blood everywhere."

"I was seated in one of the middle rows and could hear a sudden noise. I felt numb as small pieces of brick and soot covered my body… Suddenly there were loud screams and weeping. The hall was consumed by a burning smell, and people were screaming and scrambling out… I managed to get out of the pew, I saw a pile of people lying on the floor soaked in blood and soot," 31-year-old Rodrigo told Al Jazeera News.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attacks saying it is "an attempt to make the country and its economy unstable".

He held an emergency meeting with the country's top military officials of the National Security Council and called for an emergency meeting of the nation's parliament on Monday.

"I condemn these attacks which targeted religious places and some hotels. We all should join hands to protect law and order," Wickremesinghe said.

Thirteen people were arrested in connection with the string of deadly blasts, police said.

"So far the names that have come up are local," but investigators will look into whether the attackers had any "overseas links", Wickremesinghe said.

The seventh blast occurred at a hotel near the national zoo in the capital, killing two people, police said, while the eighth hit the suburb of Orugodawatta, north of Colombo, when officers entered a residence to search it.

Speaking to Al Jazeera from Colombo, Ashwin Hemmathagama, a reporter with the Daily FT, said the attacks were a blow to the country's tourism sector.

"At the moment police have cordoned off the areas and cautioned the public to remain vigilant. They have asked the public to stay indoors and avoid hasty decisions because investigations are under way," Hemmathagama said.

"After the civil war ended, almost a decade ago, the tourism industry was picking up. Basically, everything was back to its current perspective, but unfortunately this kind of attack will definitely cripple the tourism sector."

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