At least 138 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after explosions in three churches and three hotels in Colombo and two other locations in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The blasts hit several high end hotels and a church in Colombo, while two other churches were targeted outside Colombo.

Footage from Colombo’s St. Anthony church shows shattered glass and people lying on the ground, at the location where at least 30 people are reported to have died.

The first explosions were reported at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in the town of Negombo.

Soon after the initial reports, four other blasts were confirmed by the police. Three of those were at hotels, while another was reported from a church in the town of Batticaloa.

In Colombo, the blasts hit the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the Shangrila and the Kingsbury.

Responsibility for the attacks has yet to be claimed.

Catholicism, which is practised by roughly six percent of the majority Buddhist country’s population, has a broad appeal in Sri Lanka as it draws practitioners from across ethnic boundaries, having adherents from both the majority Sinhalese ethnic groups as well as Tamils.

 

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