Over 200 have been killed and over 450 wounded after eight bomb blasts took place at almost the same time in three luxury hotels and three churches, where worshipers were celebrating Easter Mass.
13 suspects have been arrested.
Times of Israel is reporting that the explosions at three churches and three hotels collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshipers and hotel guests. People were seen carrying victims out of blood-spattered pews. Witnesses described powerful blasts, followed by scenes of smoke, blood, broken glass, alarms going off, and victims screaming.
“People were being dragged out,” said Bhanuka Harischandra, of Colombo, a 24-year-old founder of a tech marketing company, who was going to the city’s Shangri-La Hotel for a meeting when it was bombed. “People didn’t know what was going on. It was panic mode.”
He added, “There was blood everywhere.”
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
In a statement, Gunasekara also said police found a van they suspect was used to transport the suspects into Colombo and a safe house used by the attackers.
Gunasekara said at least 207 people were killed and 450 wounded.
Now, it is being reported that the Sri Lanka airport is on lockdown after a pipe bomb was discovered close to the airport.
According to the Mirror – A pipe bomb has reportedly been detonated in a controlled explosion close to Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Airport.
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The country’s air force is claimed to have discovered the improvised device and destroyed it.
According to Sirasa News1st, the device was found on a road close to the airport and destroyed in a controlled explosion.
Gihan Seneviratne, a spokesman from Sri Lanka’s Air Force, told the Sri Lankan Sunday Times: “A PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives in it was discovered.”