(CNN)A wave of attacks in Sri Lanka left at least 207 people dead and hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday after a series of explosions tore through churches and hotels on what should have been a day of rest and worship.

By Sunday afternoon, there were eight blasts and the government had announced an island-wide curfew starting at 6 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. ET Sunday) until the following morning. Social media sites were also blocked as investigations took place. “These are certainly acts of terror,” the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK Manisha Gunasekera told CNN on Sunday. “This is an attack against the whole of Sri Lanka because Sri Lanka is very multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country and the whole country comes together in celebration of Easter Sunday.”What happened?Read MoreThere were almost simultaneous explosions on Sunday morning, which hit busy Easter services at churches in three separate cities.Targets included St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s Church more than 22 miles north in Negombo, and the evangelical Zion Church in Batticaloa, 196 miles away from Colombo on Sri Lanka’s east coast. Additional explosions occurred on Sunday morning at high-end hotels in Colombo: the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La Hotel and The Kingsbury.By the afternoon, a seventh and eighth blast occurred at a hotel in front of the Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia and at a private house in Mahawila Gardens, in Dematagoda, while police officers conducted a house raid. Who carried out the attacks?It is still unclear who caused the attacks. What is known is at least seven people have been arrested in connection with the bombings and three police officers were killed during a house raid in connection to the attacks. “The Colombo crime division… went to a house at [Mahawila Gardens] in Dematagoda, in relation to information received with regard to these hotels explosions,” Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara, said at a press conference.”When crime division officials started questioning the people in the house, two explosions occurred, One sub inspector and two constables of police have been killed and one constable was taken to the national hospital with wounds,” he added. High Commissioner Gunasekera, told CNN they had information that the attacks were suicide bombings. Who was targeted? Sri Lanka’s minority Christian community appeared to be the main target of the seemingly coordinated attacks. Christianity is a minority religion in Sri Lanka, accounting for less than 10% of the total population of 21.4 million.According to census data, 70.2% of Sri Lankans identify as Buddhist, 12% Hindu, 9.7% Muslim, and 7.4% Christian.It is estimated that 82% of Sri Lankan Christians are Roman CatholicTourists were also targeted in the attacks, Sri Lanka High Commissioner Gunasekera told CNN. A woman is in tears after a deadly bomb blast at St. Anthony's Shrine in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, on Sunday.A woman is in tears after a deadly bomb blast at St. Anthony's Shrine in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, on Sunday. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleA woman is in tears after a deadly bomb blast at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, on Sunday.Hide Caption 1 of 24Soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine.Soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSoldiers secure the area around St. Anthony’s Shrine.Hide Caption 2 of 24Security personnel and investigators sift through debris outside Zion Church in Batticaloa.Security personnel and investigators sift through debris outside Zion Church in Batticaloa. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSecurity personnel and investigators sift through debris outside Zion Church in Batticaloa.Hide Caption 3 of 24A wall and a statue of Jesus Christ at the St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo are stained with blood.A wall and a statue of Jesus Christ at the St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo are stained with blood. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleA wall and a statue of Jesus Christ at the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo are stained with blood.Hide Caption 4 of 24A man holds up a blood-stained photograph  as people wait to identify the  bodies of their loved ones in front of St. Anthony's Church.A man holds up a blood-stained photograph  as people wait to identify the  bodies of their loved ones in front of St. Anthony's Church. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleA man holds up a blood-stained photograph as people wait to identify the bodies of their loved ones in front of St. Anthony’s Church.Hide Caption 5 of 24Relatives of a victim of the attacks react at the police mortuary in Colombo.Relatives of a victim of the attacks react at the police mortuary in Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleRelatives of a victim of the attacks react at the police mortuary in Colombo.Hide Caption 6 of 24Sri Lankan hospital workers and soldiers stand at the door to a morgue following a blast in a church in Batticaloa.Sri Lankan hospital workers and soldiers stand at the door to a morgue following a blast in a church in Batticaloa. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSri Lankan hospital workers and soldiers stand at the door to a morgue following a blast in a church in Batticaloa.Hide Caption 7 of 24A Sri Lankan Air Force helicopter flies over a  house suspected to be a hideout of militants following a shootout in Colombo.A Sri Lankan Air Force helicopter flies over a  house suspected to be a hideout of militants following a shootout in Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleA Sri Lankan Air Force helicopter flies over a house suspected to be a hideout of militants following a shootout in Colombo.Hide Caption 8 of 24A view of damage near the Dehiwala zoo in Colombo.A view of damage near the Dehiwala zoo in Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleA view of damage near the Dehiwala zoo in Colombo.Hide Caption 9 of 24Relatives of bombing victims gather at a mortuary in Colombo.Relatives of bombing victims gather at a mortuary in Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleRelatives of bombing victims gather at a mortuary in Colombo.Hide Caption 10 of 24Colombo's Kingsbury Hotel was targeted by a blast.Colombo's Kingsbury Hotel was targeted by a blast. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleColombo’s Kingsbury Hotel was targeted by a blast.Hide Caption 11 of 24Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo.Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleRelatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo.Hide Caption 12 of 24Sri Lankan Special Task Force  personnel gesture outside a house during a raid following an explosion at a property in the Orugodawatta district of Colombo.Sri Lankan Special Task Force  personnel gesture outside a house during a raid following an explosion at a property in the Orugodawatta district of Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSri Lankan Special Task Force personnel gesture outside a house during a raid following an explosion at a property in the Orugodawatta district of Colombo.Hide Caption 13 of 24The interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, shows damage from a bomb blast.The interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, shows damage from a bomb blast. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleThe interior of St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, shows damage from a bomb blast.Hide Caption 14 of 24Sri Lankan military members stand guard  outside St. Anthony's Church following an explosion. Sri Lankan military members stand guard  outside St. Anthony's Church following an explosion. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSri Lankan military members stand guard outside St. Anthony’s Church following an explosion. Hide Caption 15 of 24Crime scene investigators inspect the scene of an explosion at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo.Crime scene investigators inspect the scene of an explosion at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleCrime scene investigators inspect the scene of an explosion at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo.Hide Caption 16 of 24A bombing victim's relative weeps outside a hospital in Batticaloa, eastern Sri Lanka.A bombing victim's relative weeps outside a hospital in Batticaloa, eastern Sri Lanka. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleA bombing victim’s relative weeps outside a hospital in Batticaloa, eastern Sri Lanka.Hide Caption 17 of 24Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion at Negombo's St. Sebastian's Church.Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion at Negombo's St. Sebastian's Church. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion at Negombo’s St. Sebastian’s Church.Hide Caption 18 of 24Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside St. Anthony's Shrine. Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside St. Anthony's Shrine. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside St. Anthony’s Shrine. Hide Caption 19 of 24Priests view blast debris outside St. Anthony's Shrine.Priests view blast debris outside St. Anthony's Shrine. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peoplePriests view blast debris outside St. Anthony’s Shrine.Hide Caption 20 of 24Security forces inspect the inside of St. Anthony's Shrine after Sunday's attack.Security forces inspect the inside of St. Anthony's Shrine after Sunday's attack. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSecurity forces inspect the inside of St. Anthony’s Shrine after Sunday’s attack.Hide Caption 21 of 24A relative of a victim of an explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine reacts outside the police mortuary in Colombo.  A relative of a victim of an explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine reacts outside the police mortuary in Colombo.  Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleA relative of a victim of an explosion at St. Anthony’s Shrine reacts outside the police mortuary in Colombo. Hide Caption 22 of 24Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured from bomb blasts in Colombo. Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured from bomb blasts in Colombo. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured from bomb blasts in Colombo. Hide Caption 23 of 24Sri Lankan military officers stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine.Sri Lankan military officers stand guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine. Photos: In pictures: Coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 200 peopleSri Lankan military officers stand guard in front of St. Anthony’s Shrine.Hide Caption 24 of 2424 sri lanka blasts 0421201924 sri lanka blasts 0421201919 sri lanka blasts  zion church01 sri lanka attack 042122 sri lanka blasts 0421201903 sri lanka attack 042123 sri lanka blasts 0421201902 sri lanka attack 042120 sri lanka blasts  Dehiwala zoo 02 Sri Lanka blasts 0421201918 sri lanka blasts 0421201919 sri lanka blasts 0421201911 Sri Lanka blasts 0421201916 sri lanka blasts 0421201906 Sri Lanka Blasts 0421201901 Sri Lanka blasts 0421201815 sri lanka blasts 0421201902 Sri Lanka  0421201903 Sri Lanka blasts 0421201905 Sri Lanka blasts 0421201907 Sri Lanka blasts 0421201909 Sri Lanka blasts 0421201917 sri lanka blasts 0421201904 Sri Lanka blasts 04212019Among the hundreds killed were about 30 foreigners, according to government officials. The toll included two Turkish citizens, one Dutch national and two Chinese cousins.Some British citizens were also “caught in the blast,” said British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris.The tourism industry is a major source of income for the country, which turned itself into a popular tourist destination a decade since the end of its civil war. Last year, it won the title of best place in the world to visit in 2019 by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet.

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