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Explosions at churches, hotels in Sri Lanka kill at least 129, reports say

 

Six nearly simultaneous explosions struck three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, killing at least 129 people, according to a security official in Colombo, the capital of the island nation in the Indian Ocean.

Multiple fatalities resulted among worshipers and hotel guests, the official said, adding that at least two of the church blasts were believed to have been a coordinated attack carried out by suicide bombers.

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One church, St. Anthony's Shrine, and the three hotels are in Colombo and are frequented by foreign tourists. The other two churches are in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo, and the eastern town of Batticaloa.

 

People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Associated Press)

People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Associated Press)

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with reporters.

Alex Agileson, who was in the vicinity, told the Associated Press that the explosions shook other buildings in the surrounding area. he reported seeing numerous people carried to ambulances.

Police immediately rushed to the scenes of the blasts.

About 50 people with assorted injuries had so far been admitted in Colombo's main hospital.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility, Reuters reported.

 

Important : National Blood Transfusion Service requests general public to donate blood due to increase in demand following this mornings multiple explosions

 
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As the toll rises, the National Blood Transfusion Service put out an appeal to the public for donations.

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