At least 138 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries after a series of blasts devastated three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The targets were Catholic worshippers attending Easter Mass and guests at high-end hotels popular with foreign tourists.Two of the blasts were suspected to have been suicide bomber attacks, according to one official who spoke to the Associated Press (AP) on condition of anonymity. Reports now indicate a seventh explosion in the Sri Lankan capital has killed two people. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the blast hit a hotel in the southern Colombo suburb of Dehiwala. Sri Lankan security personnel stand guard at the cordoned off entrance to the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019 following an explosion. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images) Worshippers and hotel guests were among the fatalities, the official said, in the biggest violence in the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago. Nine foreigners were among the dead, officials confirmed. The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of the Sri Lankan capital, more… Read full this story
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