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Easter Day bombs kill over 200 in attacks on Sri Lankan churches, hotels

Updated : April 21, 2019 06:07 PM IST

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed over 200 people and wounded more than 450, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
One church, St. Anthony's Shrine, and the three hotels are in Colombo and are frequented by foreign tourists.  (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
One church, St. Anthony's Shrine, and the three hotels are in Colombo and are frequented by foreign tourists.  (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
The other two churches are in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo, and the eastern town of Batticaloa. Witnesses are reporting two explosions have hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
The other two churches are in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo, and the eastern town of Batticaloa. Witnesses are reporting two explosions have hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
This image made from video, released by Derena TV shows women in despair after an explosion in Colombo, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Derena TV via AP)
This image made from video, released by Derena TV shows women in despair after an explosion in Colombo, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Derena TV via AP)
This image made from video, released by Derena TV shows police and emergency services at one of the blast sites in Colombo, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Derena TV via AP)
This image made from video, released by Derena TV shows police and emergency services at one of the blast sites in Colombo, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Derena TV via AP)
Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019.  (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019.  (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan elderly woman is helped near St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. Dozens of people were killed and hundreds wounded in near-simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan elderly woman is helped near St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. Dozens of people were killed and hundreds wounded in near-simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan police officer and a local stand outside St. Anthony’s Shrine where a blast happened in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. A Sri Lanka hospital spokesman says several blasts on Easter Sunday have killed dozens of people. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan police officer and a local stand outside St. Anthony’s Shrine where a blast happened in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. A Sri Lanka hospital spokesman says several blasts on Easter Sunday have killed dozens of people. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Priests are seen inside the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Priests are seen inside the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Priests walk into the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Priests walk into the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured of Church blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. A Sri Lanka hospital spokesman says several blasts on Easter Sunday have killed dozens of people. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured of Church blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. A Sri Lanka hospital spokesman says several blasts on Easter Sunday have killed dozens of people. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
A police officer inspects the explosion area at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
A police officer inspects the explosion area at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Sri Lankan military stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Sri Lankan military stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)
Relatives of people killed in Church blasts mourn as they wait outside mortuary of a hospital in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Relatives of people killed in Church blasts mourn as they wait outside mortuary of a hospital in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine. (AP Photo/ Rohan Karunarathne )
Sri Lankan army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine. (AP Photo/ Rohan Karunarathne )
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