Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo has been hit by at least two new blasts, hours after the country was struck by a series of six bombings on churches and hotels that killed at least 156 people and wounded about 400.
The seventh explosion occurred at a hotel near the national zoo in the capital, killing at least two more people, police said, while an eighth blast, caused by a suicide bomber, hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of Colombo, police said.
The bomber detonated his explosives when police entered the residence to search it, a police source told AFP news agency. The explosion brought down the upper level of the home and killed three police officers, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Most of the victims were killed in attacks on three churches where worshippers were attending Easter Sunday services. Three other bombings struck luxury hotels – the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La – located in the heart of Colombo, killing at least 35 foreigners.
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