200 killed, 450 injured in bomb blasts in Sri Lanka

MORE than 200 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured after several bomb blasts ripped through the heart of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

The explosions, many of which were detonated by suicide bombers, targeted churches and luxury hotels in the capital of Colombo.

“Altogether, we have information of 207 dead from all hospitals. According to the information as of now we have 450 injured people admitted to hospitals,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters.


At this stage, around 30 are believed to be foreigners, including five British people and three Indians, according to officials in those countries.

There are also 25 unidentified bodies at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said.

The Australia Department of Foreign Affairs is working to see if any Australians have been caught up in the blasts but there have been no confirmations at this stage.

The task for family and friends to make contact with loved ones in the country is being made more difficult after the government declared a curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp.

It was unclear when the curfew would be lifted.

Any Australians with concerns should call DFAT on 1300 555 135.