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Sri Lanka Terror Attack Photos: Serial Blasts Rock Colombo on Easter

India | Reuters | April 21, 2019, 7:30 pm
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 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 Colombo on Easter Sunday, officials said, the worst violence to hit the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.<br /> <br />A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. (Image: AP)

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 Colombo on Easter Sunday, officials said, the worst violence to hit the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.

A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. (Image: AP)

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 Damage is seen at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Damage is seen at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter in Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter in Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. (Image: Reuters)

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. (Image: Reuters)

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 A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 A statue of Virgin Mary broken in two parts is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

A statue of Virgin Mary broken in two parts is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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

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

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 A relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

A relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

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 Damage inside St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo. (Image: Hiru TV via AP)

Damage inside St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo. (Image: Hiru TV via AP)

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 Relatives of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church react at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Relatives of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church react at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

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 Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 Ambulances are seen outside the church premises with gathered people and security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo. (Image: AFP)

Ambulances are seen outside the church premises with gathered people and security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo. (Image: AFP)

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 Women in despair after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Derena TV/AP)

Women in despair after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Derena TV/AP)

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 Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. (Image: Reuters)

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 A relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church, reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

A relative of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church, reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

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 Foreign relatives of a victim of the explosion react at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Foreign relatives of a victim of the explosion react at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Priests walk into the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Priests walk into the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

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 Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 A relative of a blast victim grieves outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

A relative of a blast victim grieves outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 Damage inside St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo. (Image: Hiru TV via AP)

Damage inside St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo. (Image: Hiru TV via AP)

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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. (Image: AP)

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

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 A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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 Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. (Image: AFP)

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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. (Image: AP)

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

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 Relatives gather outside a hospital following blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

Relatives gather outside a hospital following blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 Police and emergency services at one of the blast sites in Colombo. (Image: Derena TV/AP)

Police and emergency services at one of the blast sites in Colombo. (Image: Derena TV/AP)

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

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

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 Damage inside St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo. (Image: Hiru TV via AP)

Damage inside St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo. (Image: Hiru TV via AP)

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

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

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 Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: Reuters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

Sri Lankan firefighters stand in the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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

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

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