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Churches, hotels hit by blasts in Colombo during Easter leaving over 185 dead and about 400 injured
Easter festival has been marred with more than 185 deaths and injury to about 400 people in several blasts including at two Churches in Sri Lanka's capital city Colombo, reported the media.

Also the three hotels in Colombo that were rocked by the blasts are Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel, and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. The seventh blast was reported from Dehiwela, near the capital city. Colombo National hospital said several wounded had been brought in for treatment.

The explosions took place this morning as the Easter Sunday masses were being held at two local churches in the city.

Immediately after the blasts at St Anthony's Church and St Sebastian's Church, social media was abuzz with people asking for help and rescue.

In Sri Lanka, Good Friday is a Public Holiday and a large number of Christians in Sri Lanka observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. And, on Easter Sunday, the Churches across the country get crowded for Easter Sunday masses for prayers and sermons.

It may be noted that Christianity is a minority religion in Sri Lanka which is said to have been introduced via India and the apostle Thomas preached the Gospel in Sri Lanka. The Christian population of Sri Lanka includes members of both the Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic groups who embraced Christianity.

It is said that Christianity is as old as the 6th century in Sri Lanka and the Anuradhapura cross plays a significant role in their lives. Christian population is estimated to be around 20 lakh in the island nation.

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