24 hours after the eight explosions across multiple locations in Sri Lanka, the death toll rose to 290.
Over 500 people have been injured in blasts reported from eight different locations spread across three cities in Sri Lanka in the most violent attack in the country.
Between 8.45 am and 9 am on Sunday, when Easter celebrations were in full swing, the first six blasts went off – in three luxury hotels in the heart of Colombo and in three churches,
one at St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in Colombo, the second explosion at a church in Katuwapitiya in Negombo, which is located 30 km from the capital, and the third at a church in Batticaloa, a major Tamil-majority city in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province.
The three five star hotels that were hit were the Shangri-La Hotel, the Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Hotel, all located in Colombo.
Later, in the afternoon, at around 2 pm, another blast hit a guest house near the zoo in Dehiwala in Colombo, killing two persons.
The eighth blast was reported about 45 minutes later, at a housing complex at Dematogoda in the city, which left three policemen dead.
After the first six blasts, the Sri Lankan government beefed up the security.
All security available and health care workers were called in. University classes were cancelled, all Easter masses were called off and people were asked to stay indoors.
The government then imposed restrictions on social media and imposed a curfew from 6 pm on April 21 to 6 am on April 22.
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The majority of those killed are Sri Lankan nationals, including several people celebrating Easter in churches on Sunday.
Many victims of the blasts are still unidentified and Sri Lankan officials are working to confirm the final death toll.
11 foreign nationals including 1 from Portugal, 2 from Turkey, 3 from the UK, and 2 holding US and UK nationalities were confirmed dead in the incident.
As per the BBC, by today morning, 24 people were arrested in connection with the blast but the Sri Lankan government is yet to confirm who is behind the attacks.
The Sri Lankan government has asked the citizens to remain calm during the time that investigations are underway.
Many countries including India has condemned the cowardly attack and ensured their solidarity with the People of Sri Lanka.