The Pickerings Road Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Colombo, has narrowly escaped the explosions that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday which killed over 130 people.

Unlike their usual worship hours, the congregation closed from service earlier and caused the mounted explosive to explode 30 minutes after the service closed.

Two people are reported to have sustained minor injuries with no deaths recorded.


Some of the members told the press that they had what they refer to as “Special Talk” on Sunday which less activities which accounts for the earlier end of service.

The congregation which had 104 people in attendance are left in shock to have escaped from an explosion that killed many and left hundreds more injured.

Several churches and hotels were affected.

Eight explosions took place, including in three Christian churches and three hotels, some commonly used by foreign visitors. In addition to those who were killed another 500 were wounded, according to officials with police, the Colombo Hospital and St. Sebastian Church. The Associated Press has reported 138 people were killed in the blasts.

There were at least nine foreigners among the dead in Colombo, according to the officials.

One of the churches struck by the attack was St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, which is located about an hour north of the country’s capital of Colombo. The church posted photos of the attack on its Facebook page and pleaded for relatives to “come and help if your family members are there.”