Sri Lanka explosions - 137 killed as churches and hotels targeted

Gordon_R

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48001720
At least 137 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police and hospital sources say.

At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa were targeted during Easter services.

The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in Colombo, were also hit.
 

Gordon_R

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I'm getting disaster fatigue, but there are Live Text updates from the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-48002165
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This is the start of our live coverage of the blasts to have hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka.

Four churches across the country, including the historic St Anthony's church in Colombo, have been attacked.

Three hotels in central Colombo were also hit by blasts. Stay tuned as we bring you more details and updates.
 

Shaun108

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Terrible news. I wonder who was responsible - I read that a local radical muslim group who defaced buddhist statues are suspected. The police chief was warned 10 days ago.
 

FrankCastle

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Well, blow me over with a feather
Let's not jump to conclusions. Could be anyone at this stage:

From another article:

"Christian groups say they have faced increasing intimidation from some extremist Buddhist monks in recent years. And last year, there were clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam."

Let's not forget Tamil Tigers.
 
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