A sequence of coordinated suicide explosions has shaken churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killing more than 220 people and injuring over 500 others on Easter Sunday in the South Asian island nation. There are no official reports that Americans (other than those listed with American travel credentials) have been killed.
At least 75 worshippers died in attacks on St Sebastian’s Catholic church in Katuwapitiya, north of the capital Colombo, and an evangelical church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province, Reuters reported. The blasts targeted four hotels, including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo.
No group has taken responsibility for these attacks.
Muslim groups in Sri Lanka have condemned the attacks. The Defense Minister says seven suspects linked to the blasts have been arrested as security was stepped up at Sri Lanka’s international airport.
“Sri Lankan authorities have arrested seven people over a series of devastating attacks that left at least 207 dead and 450 injured on Easter Sunday. Near-simultaneous blasts hit three churches and three luxury hotels in the capital Colombo — the worst violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago,” the New York Post reported.
OUR FREE OPINION
The bombings were timed to occur on Easter Sunday for maximum political effect. Sri Lankan has been embroiled in a civil war off and on for years. over religious matters. Tourism is a major source of revenue for the area– the islands are beautiful. Attacks of this nature will diminish the number of tourists who have been increasingly vacationing there– a goal envisioned by the incendiaries.