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Devastating aftermath of Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday attacks

Easter Sunday bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites in Sri Lanka became one of Asia's deadliest terrorist attacks in years

On April 21, the heaviest in the country series of terror attacks occurred in Sri Lanka, in which 290 people were killed, including 30 foreigners. Eight explosions shook the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, in particular Catholic churches during Easter services and hotels. The first explosion went off in the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade in Colombo, the second - in the St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, 30 km north of Colombo, the third bomb was detonated in a church in the town of Batticaloa in the east of the country. Apart from that, around the same time the explosions hit the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels in the Sri Lankan capital. The seventh blast happened in the Colombo zoo, while the eighth bomb exploded in the Dematagoda, a suburb in Colombo.