At least 137 dead, hundreds injured as explosions rock churches, hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka

ABC News | 4/21/2019 | Staff
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At least 137 people were killed and hundreds more injured as several churches and hotels were rocked by simultaneous explosions on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

Eight explosions took place, including in three Christian churches and three hotels, some commonly used by foreign visitors. In addition to those who were killed at least another 500 were wounded, according to officials with police, the Colombo Hospital and St. Sebastian Church.

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There were at least nine foreigners among the dead in Colombo, according to the officials. Two dual citizens of the U.S. and U.K. were among the dead, as well as one Portuguese citizen and two U.K. citizens, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One American was also among the missing. All of the foreigners died in attacks on hotels.

President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the country in an early morning tweet from Mar-a-Lago, where he is spending the Easter holiday. He accidentally wrote "138 million people" were killed, however.

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Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!

One of the churches struck by the attack was St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, which is located about an hour north of the country's capital of Colombo. The church posted photos of the attack on its Facebook page and pleaded for relatives to "come and help if your family members are there."

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St. Anthony's Shrine, a Catholic church in Colombo, and Zion Church, in Batticaloa, were also attacked. Colombo, the country's capital is located on the western side of the island nation, while Batticaloa is on the eastern shore.

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