Sri Lanka: Death toll in Easter Sunday explosions crosses 160

12:30 At least 138 people were killed while many others were injured in the six explosions today, National Hospital Director Anil Jasinghe said.

He said 49 people were killed in Colombo, 62 in Negombo and 27 in Batticaloa.

In Colombo, over 200 were injured, while 110 injured in Negombo. Dr. Jasinghe said 67 were injured in Batticaloa.

“The situation is under control at hospitals,” he said.

At least six explosions were reported this morning at three churches in Kochchikade, Katana, and Batticaloa and three five-star hotels in Colombo, police said.

Explosions were reported at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Kotahena and St.Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Katana.

Explosions were also reported at three five-star hotels, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury in Colombo.

Police said another explosion was reported at a church in Batticaloa.

Several casualties including foreign tourists have been reported.


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