Published: Mon, April 22, 2019

"Pieces Of Flesh Thrown All Over Walls": Lanka Church Blast Witness

"While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several United States citizens were among those killed", he said in a statement.

Earlier reports citing Sri Lankan officials said the number of dead foreigners as between 27 and 35, including Americans, British and Dutch. Several local news sources report more than 156 dead and 400 plus injured including tourists from the UK, USA, Netherlands and Portugal.

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

Further the High Commission of India in Colombo, Sri Lanka shared the contact details on Twitter for Indian citizens in need of assistance and for seeking clarification about the explosions in Colombo, the town of Negombo, outside the capital and in Batticalao, in the east of the country.

"Egypt condoles with families of the victims for their loss and wishes the injured a speedy recovery", the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said USA nationals were among those killed, but did not give details.

Police said more than 50 people had died at St Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo.

An official at the hotel told AFP the blast there had hit the restaurant, and reported at least one person had been killed. One was at a hotel near the national zoo in the Dehiwela area near Colombo. I just left Colombo Cinnamon grand hotel and it has been bombed, can't believe this shocking (Sic). "The Dehiwela n Dematagoda blasts seem to be by those in the ring running from the law".

Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on an evangelical church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town, posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

Documents were circulated after the blasts which claimed the Sri Lankan police chief had been warned of possible suicide attacks before Sunday blasts.

The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked previous year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.

"No one should be targeted due to their faith", the prime minister said in a statement.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attack as "cowardly" and said the government was working to "contain the situation".

"I'm sure the information will become even more sickeningly real", he said, offering his support and prayers to Sri Lankans in Australia and overseas.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined other world leaders in expressing sorrow and shock at the attacks, while condemning the targeting of worshippers on Easter Sunday.

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