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Bombs kill more than 200 in Sri Lankan churches, hotels on Easter Sunday

More than 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a security forces raid on a house in the Sri Lankan capital several hours after the attacks, many of which officials said were suicide bomb explosions. The powerful blasts – six in quick succession and then two more hours later – left hundreds injured and wrought devastation, including at the capital's well-known St Anthony's Shrine, a historic Catholic Church. People were seen carrying the wounded out of blood-spattered pews. Witnesses described powerful explosions, followed by scenes of smoke, blood, broken glass, alarms going off and victims screaming. Peter O’Brien and Mounia Kacem have the story.

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