More than 200 dead and over 450 people injured in coordinated bombings across Sri Lanka on Sunday (Apr 21).
Christians and foreigners were believed to be targeted.
Eight bomb blasts hit high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services.
The first wave of attacks ripped through churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa on Sunday morning.
Additional blasts struck three high-end hotels, the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury, all in capital city Colombo.
Explosions were also recorded at a hotel in front of Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, and at a private house in Dematagoda.
No one has claimed responsiblity yet but seven people have been arrested.
Sri Lanka’s defence minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, said the perpetrators had been identified and were religious extremists.
An official told the Associated Press that two blasts were suspected to have been the work of suicide bombers.
Sri Lanka’s minority Christian community – accounting for less than 10% of the total population of 21.4 million – appeared to be the main target of Sunday’s attack.
Curfew imposed including social media blackout
The Sri Lanka government has imposed an island-wide curfew starting Sunday with immediate effect.
It also temporarily blocked social media and messaging services such as Facebook and Instagram. The decision was prompted by the spread of misinformation on those sites.
This is a developing story.
- Guardian: Sri Lanka attacks: several arrested after 207 killed at hotels and churches on Easter Sunday
- Al-Jazeera: Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates