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At least 207 die in Sri Lanka blasts






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At least 207 people died in explosions in Sri Lanka. Suicide bombers were responsible for the bombings. The blasts were in churches and hotels across the country. Bombers attacked three churches where people were attending religious services for Easter, one of the biggest events in the Christian calendar. Three luxury hotels were also hit. Sri Lanka has imposed a curfew on the country. People must be alert and report anything suspicious. The government has blocked social media sites to stop the spread of misinformation. Police have arrested seven suspects.

World leaders condemned the attacks. Pope Francis said: "I pray for the injured and all those who are suffering [in] this dramatic event." The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka said: "It's a very difficult and a very sad situation for all of us. We never expected such a thing to happen...on Easter Sunday." Donald Trump tweeted: "The U.S. offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We [are] ready to help." Turkey called the blasts "an assault on all of humanity". Sri Lanka's president is worried that the violence could create instability in his country.

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