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20 dead, 160 injured in six explosions in Sri Lanka hotels & churches during Easter celebrations

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According to the information given by the police, in an incident that took place in and around Sri Lankan capital of Colombo killed at least 20 people and 160 others got injured after six explosions hit the hotels and churches located in the area.

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

There were initial reports of at least 80 people injured in the capital. “Eighty people have already been admitted, and more are still coming in,” an official at the Colombo National Hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The nature of the explosions was not immediately clear.

“A bomb attack to our church, please come and help if your family members are there,” read a post in English on the Facebook page of the St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo.

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Only around six percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.

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