Hundreds hurt as blasts hit Sri Lanka churches, hotels

Mail Online | 4/20/2019 | Henry Martin For Mailonline;Afp
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A string of blasts hit high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka this morning, injuring hundreds of people as worshippers attended Easter services in a 'coordinated, targeted attack on Christians'.

The death toll has risen to at least 52 people, a police official said, and a hospital spokesman said almost 300 people have been injured after six near-simultaneous explosions.

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Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to one security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak with reporters.

The fatalities include at least 42 people killed in Colombo, where three hotels and a church were hit, and another 10 dead in the town of Batticoloa, where a church was attacked.

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The first blasts were reported at St Anthony's Church in Colombo and St Sebastian's in the town of Negombo just outside the capital, with another reported at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.

Local TV showed damage at the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels.

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The explosion ripped off the roof and knocked out doors and windows at St. Sebastian's, where people carried the wounded away from blood-stained pews, local TV footage showed.

Sri Lankan security officials said they were investigating. Police immediately sealed off the areas.

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The country's Prime Minister has called an emergency security council meeting after the bombings, a source...
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