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At least 290 people have been killed and 500 more injured in a series of explosions targeting churches holding Easter services and hotels in Sri Lanka.

Most of the dead are believed to be Sri Lankans, but officials say about 30 people from other countries have been killed too.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Sri Lanka’s defence minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, said the culprits had been identified and were religious extremists. He said suicide bombers were responsible for the majority of the morning’s bombings and that the wave of attacks was the work of a single group.

(The Guardian)

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THIS PICTURE shows a painting we spotted in school playground in Batticaloa, one of the places hit by the suicide bombers. A bird of peace hovers above the various places of worship of the island.

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dedicated to the brave, kind and respectful people of Sri Lanka - may they find hope and peace
Don't let them grind us down!

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(no points necessary, whatever)

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