Sri Lanka serial blasts: Kollywood actress Radikaa Sarathkumar has narrow escape

Sri Lanka serial blasts: Kollywood actress Radikaa Sarathkumar has narrow escape

In Batticaloa, the ZIon Church on Central Road was the target of an explosion.

The latest explosion to be reported was at a hotel near the national zoo, which is in an area near the capital Colombo.

Images circulating on social media and local news stations showed extensive damage at one of three churches targeted in the near simultaneous blasts on Sunday morning.

One of the explosions was at St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade in Colombo.

National Hospital spokesman Dr. Samindi Samarakoon says the almost 300 wounded have been admitted to the capital Colombo's main hospital.

The nature of the blasts was not immediately clear and there were no immediate claims of responsibility.

St. Sebastian's church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described co-ordinated bomb attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels as "devastating" and extended New Zealand's condolences to the grieving nation.

The first blast ripped through St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo.

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Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony´s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a National Security Council meeting at his home later in the day.

Earlier, Wickremesinghe tweeted that "the government is taking immediate steps to contain the situation".

Hours after multiple bomb blasts rocked Sri Lanka, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Sunday said the government is keeping a close watch on the situation and was in touch with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo.

At least 45 people were killed in the Colombo attacks. "Hopefully saved many lives", added de Silva.

Pakistan condemns the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Office spokesperson tweeted. He further assured that rescue operations are underway and has advised people to stay calm and indoors.

The horrifying Easter Sunday attacks come after a lull violence in the country since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

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