Explosions that rocked four Sri Lankan cities during Easter mass on Sunday and a spine-chilling death toll have sent shockwaves around the world, prompting people to take to social media to address the terrifying news.
While it remains to be confirmed or denied that it was a series of terrorist attacks, users are describing the blasts at one of the world's favourite tourist destinations as terrorism.
Terrible news of bombing in Sri Lanka.— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Such a wonderful and peaceful country, I honestly can’t believe it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone local and foreign effected by these despicable barbaric acts.
More than 100 people have been killed and 400 more wounded in bombings at churches and tourist hotels in Sri Lanka. Heartbreaking! pic.twitter.com/Htc6CV8dab— مَریَم Mariam (@GoddessMariam) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Shocking news coming from Sri Lanka with Multiple blasts across churches in and around #Colombo. Our thoughts & prayers are with people affected by this tragedy. Praying for the speedy recovery of those who are injured. #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/SHXqKVFSV7— Vikram Fans Team™ (@TeamVikramFans) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Violence can never be the final solution to human disagreements. Ironic that the island that spawned the word serendipity is not able to find it. My deepest sympathies to those affected by the bombs in Srilanka. The government should be impartial and swift in rendering Justice.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) 21 апреля 2019 г.
The blasts hit St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, and Zion Church in Batticaloa during Easter mass.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts yet, but AP cited a police source as saying that Sri Lankan authorities suspect at least two of the explosions were carried out by suicide bombers.
The government has imposed a nationwide curfew and decided to temporarily shut down all social media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber, "in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread".