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Serial Blasts Rock Sri Lanka On Easter

Six explosions rocked three churches and as many hotels in Sri Lanka, killing more than 140 people and injuring over 400 others, in one of the deadliest blasts in the island nation's history on Easter Sunday morning.

April 21, 2019

A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. More than hundred were killed and hundreds more hospitalized with injuries from eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka's capital on Easter, officials said, the worst violence to hit the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.

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Dead bodies of victims lie inside St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A relative of a blast victim grieves outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Blood stains are seen on the wall and on a Jesus Christ statue at the St. Sebastian's Church after blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Dead bodies of blast victims are removed from St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankans carry a dead body at St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan man cries while looking for the bodies of his family members killed in yesterday church blasts in a mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan security forces officers secure a site believed to be a hide out of the militants following a shoot out in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan Police officer inspects a blast spot at the Shangri-la hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, More than hundred people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter

AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

Police and forensic officials inspect a blast spot at the Shangri-la hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. More than hundred people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a security official told The Associated Press, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.

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Sri Lankans carry a dead body following a blast at the St. Anthony's Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka,

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Relatives gather outside a hospital following blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Relatives gather outside a hospital following blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

AP Photo/ Rohan Karunarathne

Sri Lankan elderly woman is helped near St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lank A Sri Lanka hospital spokesman says several blasts on Easter Sunday have killed dozens of people.

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Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured of Church blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A Sri Lankan police officer and a local stand outside St. Anthony’s Shrine where a blast happened in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

A foreigner checks his mobile phone while waiting outside a mortuary of a hospital, a day after series of blasts, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Lalitha, center, weeps over the coffin with the remains of 12-year old niece, Sneha Savindi, who was a victim of Easter Sunday bombing at St. Sebastian Church, after it returned home in Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Relatives place flowers after the burial of three victims of the same family, who died at Easter Sunday bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Footwear and personal belongs of victims kept close to the scene of a suicide bombing at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka

AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe

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