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Eighth Blast Reported In Sri Lanka's Colombo Within 6 Hours, Curfew Imposed

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Two people have died and the injured are being shifted to the Colombo South Hospital, he said. The Zoo was closed for the public after the blast.

A fresh explosion has been reported in Sri Lankan capital, in a housing complex. 

Police have reported that an eight blast has hit the capital city moments after the seventh blast that occurred at a hotel opposite the Zoo, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Two people have died and the injured are being shifted to the Colombo South Hospital, he said. The Zoo was closed for the public after the blast.

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A curfew has been imposed by the Sri Lankan Defence Minister in the island until 6 am tomorrow as 8 blasts hit the city within 6 hours. 

The curfew will begin on Sunday night at 6:00 pm (local time) and run until 6:00 am (local time), the defence ministry said.

Meanwhile, security has been intensified around the religious places across the capital. 

The government has decided to block all social media platforms in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread. This is only a temporary measure", a release from Udaya R Seneviratne, Secretary to the President said.

The death toll has risen to approximately 140, over 500 have been injured. 

As per local reports in Sri Lanka, a high-level meeting convened by Srilankan PM  Ranil Wickremesinghe has commenced at around 1 PM (IST). The Prime Minister is likely to address the media soon after.

Three churches - St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa - were targeted, police said.

The blasts occurred at around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Three explosions initially were reported from the five-star hotels, the Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury. 

READ| Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Condemns the Blasts While Expressing His condolences To All Those Affected And Families

(With PTI inputs)

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