Colombo : Hours after multiple explosions rocked the Sri Lankan capital city, two more blasts on Sunday hit Colombo, the local media reported. While one took place at the Dehiwala region, another took place in Dematagoda region in the national capital. The first suspect has been arrested in Dehiwala area. At least two people are feared dead and several injured in the blast that took place in Dehiwala region. According to onlanka.com, one blast took place at a reception hall near Dehiwala’s Zoological Garden. The injured are currently being transferred to hospitals. The security forces have been deployed in the area. According to reports, the Zoological Garden has temporarily been closed till further orders.
The Dematagoda explosion was reported from a housing complex in Mahavila Udyana Road, according to a Sri Lankan news channel. A curfew has been declared across the country from 6 pm (Sunday) to 6 am (Monday). The Presidential Secretary has announced government holidays on Monday (April 22) and Tuesday (April 23).Social media platform, Facebook, and messaging app, WhatsApp, has been blocked.In the earlier blasts, over 160 people were killed and more than 400 – including foreign nationals – were injured as multiple explosions in Colombo and the cities of Negombo and Batticaloa on Sunday morning.The explosions occurred inside three churches and three five-star hotels, ripping the peace that the country has enjoyed after decades of ethnic violence. A set of explosions occurred in a church in Batticaloa, St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade (Colombo) and St.Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya. A large number of Catholics were in the churches for Easter celebrations. These explosions were followed by a blast on the third floor of Colombo’s Shangri La Hotel and in the premises of Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel.