A series of terrorist attacks occurred in Sri Lanka on the 21st April, killing at least 359 people and injuring over 500. Three Christian churches were targeted alongside 3 luxury hotels whist several other smaller bombings happened at a housing complex in Dematagoda and a guest house in Dehiwala.
The first bombs went off in the country’s capital at 8:45am with other bombs following up to 2 hours after. The city was rocked by simultaneous explosions at a large Catholic church, St Anthony’s Shrine, and the Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels. Five minutes later another hotel, the Cinnamon Grand, was also hit.
The attackers are believed to have used two safe houses. One of them was near to the church in Negombo that was attacked. The other was in Panadura, a suburb south of Colombo. 8 men and one woman, all of whom were killed in the bombings, have been have been identified as the attackers however no names have been released.
Police have confirmed that the terrorist group ISIS have claimed responsibility for the devastating attacks.