About 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, the police said yesterday.
Eight blasts were reported, including at three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district during Easter services.
The Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels and one other, all in the capital, were also attacked.
A national curfew has been put in place “until further notice” and social media networks have been temporarily blocked.
A foreign ministry official said 27 foreign nationals were among the dead.
Reports said seven people have been arrested, but it is not yet clear who is responsible for the attacks.
The first reports of explosions came about 08:45 (03:15 GMT) local time – with six blasts reported close together at churches and luxury hotels.
St Sebastian’s church in Negombo was severely damaged in one explosion, with dozens killed.
There were also heavy casualties at the site of the first blast in St Anthony’s, a popular shrine in Kochchikade, a district of Colombo.
Robert Tyler, who has lived in Sri Lanka for six years, told said about two of the hotels appeared to have had their restaurants targeted at a busy time for breakfast.
The UK’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, said British citizens were caught up in the explosions, but has not confirmed further details.
One Dutch national is among the dead, Foreign Minister Stef Blok said in a statement. Two Turkish citizens were also killed.