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At least 207 die in Sri Lanka blasts






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Over 207 people died in suicide bombings in Sri Lanka. There were eight bombs in churches and hotels. Bombers attacked three churches where there were religious services for Easter, one of the biggest events in the Christian calendar. Three luxury hotels were also hit. There is now a curfew in the country. People must be alert and report anything suspicious. The government has blocked social media sites. Police have arrested seven suspects.

World leaders spoke about the attacks. Pope Francis said: "I pray for the injured and all those who are suffering." The Catholic Church said it was a sad situation. It said: "We never expected such a thing to happen...on Easter Sunday." Donald Trump said the USA is ready to help "the great people of Sri Lanka". Turkey said the bombs were "an assault on all of humanity". Sri Lanka's president is worried the violence could lead to instability in his country.

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