Explosions took place at three churches and three hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka in the morning of 21st of April, 2019. At least 129 people have died in these explosions and over 300 people have been injured. These explosions took place on the festival of Easter.
Let us take a closer look at this tragedy that took place in Sri Lanka:
Details on the Sri Lanka Bomb Blasts
As per a police spokesperson, the blasts took place around 8:42 AM when people were gathering for the Sunday mass. The three five-star hotels that were targeted in these attacks were The Cinnamon Grand, The Kingsbury and The Shangrila, reports from the Press Trust of India inform.
The first of these explosions took place at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo while the next one took place at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, right outside the city. Another church was also targeted in the town of Batticaloa. 6% of the population of the country is Catholic while Sri Lanka is a Buddhist majority country.
The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena addressed the media right after this tragedy and appealed the citizens to maintain calm. He expressed shock over the explosions.
Twitter Reactions over the Sri Lanka Bomb Blasts
Following the attacks on the churches and the hotels, a number of people expressed their shock and sorrow on Twitter. Here are some of the top tweets about this tragedy:
— Shawn Mendes Sri Lanka🇱🇰 (@MendesarmySL) April 21, 2019
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 21, 2019
Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It’s unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop !
— Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) April 21, 2019
— Sriya Reddy (@sriyareddy) April 21, 2019
I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the loss of innocent lives in multiple bombings on Easter Sunday in Colombo #SriLanka. My heartfelt condolences to the members of bereaved families and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. : Vice President @MVenkaiahNaidu
— DD News (@DDNewslive) April 21, 2019
Now we need in India a BJP Govt all the more because of the Sri Lanka terrorist act. This because Congi is terror friendly. Soon Digvijay will declare that what happened in Colombo is due to Hindu Terror
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 21, 2019
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) April 21, 2019
Horrendous news from #SriLanka. Thinking of all those affected.
— Liz Jarvis (@LizJarvisUK) April 21, 2019
This is a developing story. Stay tuned with us for more updates.