Sri Lanka woke to a series of devastations on Easter Sunday, 21st of April, 2019. People in large numbers had gathered in churches to pray on the holy day of Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Christ across the country, when they fell prey to a vicious death.
A total of eight attacks rocked various cities of Sri Lanka from early morning to late into the afternoon forcing the authorities to impose a curfew and banning social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp to prevent the spreading of false information.
First of the eight attacks took place at St. Anthony’s Shrine, in Colombo which hosts the largest congregation of Roman Catholics in the country, just a few minutes before 9 in the morning, as people had gathered for the Easter Mass.
The next blast took place at the St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, leaving more than 100 dead.
While these two churches were taking the hit of the blasts, restaurants of three four-star hotels, namely, the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury in Colombo also suffered from devastating explosions.
The Zion Church at Batticaloa was also hit by an explosion.
As the treacherous morning rolled into afternoon, two more blasts at the New Tropical Inn in Dehiwala, and the Dematagoda area, brought the country to a complete stand still.
These series of blasts have left more than 290 dead, 500 injured and the number continues to rise. The attacks have been deeply condemned across the world. No terrorist organizations have so far claimed responsibility for these attacks.
As Sri Lanka continues to recover from the aftermath of these gruesome attacks, we extend our prayers to all those who have suffered and lost their loved ones.