Sri Lanka on Sunday was hit by several bomb blasts at several hotels and churches, leaving 138 people dead and injuring 500.
The explosions took place during Easter services at the churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticola. There were additional blasts in three hotels in Colombo–the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel.
Hospital Director General Anil Jasinghe said that at least 20 foreigners died in Colombo.
An emergency meeting was held by country’s authorities which involved the heads of the army, air force and the navy, according to Sri Lanka’s reforms minister Harsha de Silva.
“Horrible scenes, I saw many body parts strewn all over,” said De Silva, adding, “We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives.”
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe criticised the act on Twitter and asked his countrymen to, “remain united and strong.”
The country’s President Maithripala Sirisena said, “I have given instructions to take very stern action against the persons who are responsible for this conspiracy.”