160 dead in Lanka Serial Blast

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At least 160 are dead and more than 400 injured as multiple explosions rocked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, 21 April, as worshippers attended Easter services. Reports inform that a total of six blast hit the country, three of which were in churches while the other three were in hotels. The hotels that were hit by explosions included five star hotels like Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel and Kingsbury Hotel.

Blasts hit two Sri Lanka churches during Easter mass on Sunday. One of the explosions was a St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade of the capital, Colombo. Another church in Katuwapitiya, Katana was also hit, according to media reports.

Casualties have been reported, but the exact number cannot be ascertained. Reports quoting Intelligence states that ISI could be behind the attacks.

At least 80 people have been injured in the church blasts, a hospital official in Colombo stated. He also added that “Eighty people have already been admitted, and more are still coming in.

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