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Churches fall silent in Sri Lanka a week after attacks

Updated : 2019-04-28 12:55:24

Churches across Sri Lanka suspended Sunday mass as security concerns remained high a week after suicide bombers killed over 250 in churches and hotels across the island nation. Sri Lanka has been on high alert since the attacks on Easter Sunday, with nearly 10,000 soldiers deployed across the island to carry out searches and hunt down members of two local Islamist groups believed to have carried out the attack.

A man reacts during mass burials near St. Sebastian church in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A man reacts during mass burials near St. Sebastian church in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A woman is seen during mass burials near St. Sebastian church in Negombo. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A woman is seen during mass burials near St. Sebastian church in Negombo. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A worker cleans up the pews of the St. Anthony's Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A worker cleans up the pews of the St. Anthony's Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
The St. Anthony's Shrine is reflected as personnel clean up the pews, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
The St. Anthony's Shrine is reflected as personnel clean up the pews, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Personnel clean up the St. Anthony's Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Personnel clean up the St. Anthony's Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
The interior of St. Anthony's Shrine is pictured after cleaning. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
The interior of St. Anthony's Shrine is pictured after cleaning. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Personnel are seen during the cleaning up of debris outside St. Anthony's Shrine. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Personnel are seen during the cleaning up of debris outside St. Anthony's Shrine. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
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