(COLUMBO, Sri Lanka.) LATEST: Two more blasts on Sunday and reports of at least 200-killed & 450-injured and police arrest 7- people as government says most of the eight blasts were suicide bombings as a national curfew has been put in place and social media for Facebook and Instagram has been shut-down over false news reporting #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: Editor says heres an updated report from earlier here: https://t.me/acenewsdaily/80799 Seven people arrested over Sri Lanka attacks, as government says most of the eight blasts were suicide bombings: https://t.co/IvYiWDaWFE At least 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say: At least eight blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services: The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in the capital Colombo, were also hit…………..A national curfew has been put in place “until further notice” and social media networks have been temporarily blocked………..Reports say seven people have been arrested, but it not yet clear who is responsible for the attacks…………Sri Lanka’s defence minister has said the attacks were probably carried out by one group.

St Sebastian’s church in Negombo was severely damaged: Images on social media showed its inside, with a shattered ceiling and blood on the pews. Dozens of people are reported to have died there.There were heavy casualties too at the site of the first blast in St Anthony’s, a hugely popular shrine in Kochchikade, a district of Colombo.Among those killed in Colombo were at least nine foreign nationals, hospital sources told the BBC.

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Hospital sources in Batticaloa said at least 27 people had died there.

A hotel official at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence, told AFP the explosion there had ripped through a restaurant, killing at least one person.

A seventh explosion was later reported at a hotel near the zoo in Dehiwala, southern Colombo, with police sources reporting two deaths. The zoo has been closed.

Facebook and Instagram blocked amid false news reports

The Sri Lankan government has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Instagram, according to officials.

The Presidential Secretariat said in a statement that the decision to block social media was taken in reaction to false news reports spreading on social media.

The statement added that security forces were conducting comprehensive investigations into the explosions, and that the social media block would continue until investigations were concluded.

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Pope offers condolences for Christians targeted “while gathered in prayer”

From CNN’s Valentina DiDonato in Rome

The first wave of attacks struck at the heart of Sri Lanka’s minority Christian community during busy Easter services at churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa on Sunday morning.

Pope Francis condemned the attacks during his Easter Sunday address in Rome, offering his condolences to “the victims of such cruel violence.”

“I learned with great sadness the news of the serious attacks that, today, on Easter they brought mourning and pain to some churches and other Sri Lankan hangouts,” he said.
“I wish to show my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, hit while gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence. I entrust to the Lord those who have tragically been lost and I pray for the wounded and all those who suffer because of this dramatic event.” moment of silence for prayer.”

AceNewsDesk report ………….Live updates: Sri Lanka explosions

Published: April.21: 2019:

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