At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of explosions across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, one of the most sacred days of the year for Christians.
The Easter Sunday attacks were the work of suicide bombers, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK, Manisha Gunasekera, tells CNN.
She says seven people were arrested in connection with the attacks but could not confirm their nationalities.
“There is also information that these have been suicide bombings carried out. These are certainly acts of terror,” Gunasekera adds.
“It’s been a day of great tragedy for Sri Lanka. The scale is unprecedented.”
Where did the blasts happen: High-end hotels and churches were hit in the coordinated attacks. Eight blast sites have been reported.
What’s known about the victims: Bodies are arriving at hospitals in cities Batticaloa, Negombo, and capital city Colombo. Locals and foreigners are among the dead.
Who is responsible: Very little is known about who is behind the seemingly coordinated attacks. Sunday’s violence punctures a decade of relative peace in the country following the end of its civil war in 2009. Sri Lanka has since turned itself into a popular tourist destination.
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She says it’s unknown “which group or groups carried out these attacks” but “this is an attack against the whole of Sri Lanka because Sri Lanka is very multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country and the whole country comes together in celebration of Easter Sunday.”