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Odisha CM condemns suicide bombings in Colombo

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today condemned the terror attack in Colombo in which at least 185 people died and more than 400 sustained injuries.

Conveying condolences to the bereaved families, the CM said such dastardly acts on peaceful congregations and citizens have no place in civilised societies.

Suicide bombers exploded themselves in three luxury hotels and three churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday in the island’s bloodiest day since the civil war ended a decade ago.

The mayhem began in the morning at the St Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade in Colombo where hundreds had gathered for the Easter Mass and within half an hour, similar explosions ripped through the St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, 30 km from Colombo, and the Zion Church in the eastern district of Batticaloa, 250 km east of Colombo.

Almost simultaneously, suicide bombers also killed themselves amid Easter crowds in three luxury hotels in the heart of Colombo: Cinnamon Grand, near the official residence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, The Shangri La and Kingsbury Hotel, raining death and destruction.

(With IANS inputs)