International desk – Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a nighttime curfew after waves of bomb blasts on churches and hotels killed more than 200 people and wounded many others.
Sri Lankan media reported that the curfew was slapped for 12 hours from 6pm Sunday and social media networks were downed to prevent spread of fake news in the aftermath of the attacks.
BBC reported quoting police that at least 207 have been confirmed dead and 450 others hurt in explosions. At least eight blasts were reported and the Christian worshippers were targeted during the Easter services.
Global leaders condemned the attack and offered support to the Sri Lankan government to overcome the tragedy.
Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services while The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in the capital Colombo, were hit.
Reports say seven people have been arrested, but it not yet clear who is responsible for the attacks.
St Sebastian’s church in Negombo was severely damaged, according to the BBC. Images on social media showed its inside, with a shattered ceiling and blood on the pews. Dozens of people are reported to have died there.
There were heavy casualties too at the site of the first blast in St Anthony’s, a hugely popular shrine in Kochchikade, a district of Colombo.
Among those killed in Colombo were at least nine foreign nationals.
At least two of the explosions were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police sources and a hotel official. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the authorities were investigating whether suicide attackers were involved in all eight of them, according to NDTV.