File of Colombo’s Shangri-La hotel, targeted in Easter blasts

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (REUTERS) – Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said on Sunday (April 21).

The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Colombo. The Shangri-La Colombo was opened in 2017 by President Maithripala Sirisena.

It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels.

The blasts follow a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.

Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

Nine foreigners were among the dead, the officials said.

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