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Sun, Apr 21, 2019 11:11

Explosions hit 2 churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday; 138 killed

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More than 138 people have been killed and 280 injured in explosions which hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said Sunday.

More than 138 people have been killed and 280 injured in explosions which hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said Sunday.

The casualties were confirmed by the director of Colombo National Hospital.

The blasts hit several high-end hotels and one church in the capital, while two additional churches were targeted outside Colombo, police said.

Police said the blasts hit churches in the north of the capital and in the town of Negombo, just outside Colombo. The nature of the explosions was not immediately clear.

The first blast ripped through St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo.

"Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties," a source said at St Anthony's.

Alex Agileson who was in the vicinity said buildings in the surrounding area shook with the blast.

A number of injured were carried in ambulances, he added.