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Terror in Sri Lanka: 207 people killed, 450 injured

Terror in Sri Lanka: 207 people killed, 450 injured

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Apr 21, 2019 - 11:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Over 200 people were killed and 450 others injured in a devastating series of bomb blasts that ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said three people had been arrested in connection with the attacks that also killed dozens of foreigners.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attacks ─ the worst act of violence since the end of Sri Lanka's civil war a decade ago ─ as "cowardly", and said the government was working to "contain the situation".

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.

Three churches ─ one each in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa ─ and three Colombo hotels were targeted in the initial series of blasts. Another hotel and an unspecified location in Colombo were struck by two more blasts two hours later.

The death toll included worshippers and hotel guests. The injured flooded into local hospitals, where officials reported hundreds of wounded were being admitted.

Hospital sources said British, Dutch and American citizens are among the dead, with Britons and Japanese also injured. A Portuguese man also died, the country's LUSA news agency reported.

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Sari Lanka, in which hundreds of people were killed and wounded.

“Attacking churches and hotels and targeting worshipers is appalling, and Afghan government strongly condemns this heinous act of terror,” a statement from the Presidential Palace quoted Ghani as saying.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and we stand in solidarity with Sri Lanka on this dark day.”

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