Sri Lanka has had more than its share of militants, rebels and extremists over the years.
As many people were filing churches on Easter morning, there were 6 explosions that went off at the same time, followed a couple hours later but 2 more powerful explosions.
The first six explosions targeted 3 churches and 3 hotels.
Over 200 people are reported to have been killed and another 450 other were injured.
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At the time of this writing, no one has taken credit for the attack.
Some are blaming a militant rebel group that was supposedly defeated 10 years ago while others suspect Islamic extremists since the churches that were targeted were Christian churches.
Fox News – Easter Sunday explosions at multiple churches and hotels rock Sri Lanka, death tolls rises past 200 – A pair holding U.S. and British nationalities were among the 11 foreigners killed after a series of explosions struck three churches and three luxury hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka’s capital Easter Sunday, leaving at least 207 people dead and 450 others injured, officials said.
Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said the other foreigners whose nationalities have been verified included three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals, and three British nationals.
The U.S. State Department confirmed in a statement that “several U.S. citizens were among those killed” in the explosions, though details were still emerging.
The six nearly simultaneous blasts—followed hours later by two more explosions—marked the bloodshed as among the worst since the South Asian country’s 26-year civil war ended a decade ago, a spokesperson for the Sri Lanka police said…
Even though no one or no group has claimed responsibility for the explosions, called acts of terrorist by religious extremists by the Defense Minister, 8 suspects have been arrested.
The three churches that were targeted were St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, St. Anthony’s Shrine in the capital city of Colombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa.
Sri Lanka has been struggling with economic stability and fear that the attacks could be enough to destabilize Sri Lanka’s economy and sending the island nation into chaos.
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