Death toll in multiple Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka rises to 156

A series of explosions hit churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, on Easter Sunday.

A police official told AFP that at least 156 people have been killed.

Scores of people have also been injured.

Near-simultaneous bombings took place in three Catholic churches and three hotels, followed by a fresh blast at another hotel.

According to reports, there are at least 35 foreigners among the dead.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Harsha de Silva, said emergency operations are under way and appealed to people to stay indoors.

The country's prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, denounced the attacks as "cowardly".


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