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Sri Lanka: 52 dead in blasts targeting churches, hotels
jkupdate.com | 21-Apr-2019 12:15 PM
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  • At least 52 people were killed and around 300 injured after simultaneous blasts rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.




NEW DELHI : At least 52 people were killed and around 300 injured after simultaneous blasts rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. At least six explosions were reported from three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold an emergency meeting shortly. The motive for the attacks remains unclear, and no individual or group has claimed responsibility.

The first blast was reported from St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade in Colombo, the second from St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo and third from a church in Batticaloa. Three five-star hotels from where the blasts were reported are the Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury. The blasts occurred at around 8.45 am (local time) as Easter Sunday masses were in progress.

Immediately after the blast, St Sebasitian's Church sought help through a Facebook post saying, "A bomb attack to our church, please come and help." The church, which is located at Katuwapitiya in Negombo, also posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she is in constant touch with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo and is keeping a close watch on the situation.

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