At least 156 killed in Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka
Three churches and three hotels targeted in coordinated assault on Christians on holy day; 35 foreign nationals confirmed among the dead; no immediate claim of responsibility; country's PM convenes national security council meeting at his home
Sri Lankan police said there are 35 foreign nationals among the dead.
"There are a lot of people injured, some of them in critical condition," said an unnamed source, adding that 254 people had been admitted to hospital in Colombo.
In just one church, St. Sebastian's in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official said, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.
Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home later in the day.
Colombo National Hospital Director Samindi Samrakoon said she knew of at least 20 deaths and 280 people wounded in the capital.
The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Colombo. It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels.
A source in the police bomb squad said that one of the explosions was at St Anthony's Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.
"Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties," the source said.
St. Sebastian's church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.