Sri Lanka news: Five British citizens among more than 200 killed after eight explosions hit churches and hotels

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Sri Lanka news: Five British citizens among more than 200 killed after eight explosions hit churches and hotels

More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after eight bombs were detonated at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Ruwan Wijewardena, the country’s defence minister, described the blasts as terrorist attacks by religious extremists, though no group has claimed responsibility for the violence.

Most of the explosions are believed to have been suicide bombings, which occurred at sites mainly in and around the capital of Colombo.

Officials said that 13 suspects had been arrested in connection to the attacks.

Three police officers were also killed while carrying out a security raid at a suspected safe house several hours after the blasts occurred.

The majority of the victims are Sri Lankan but several citizens of other countries were also killed.

At least five British citizens lost their lives in the attacks.

Citizens from the US, Turkey, Denmark, China and Portugal were also among the dead.

The Sri Lankan government has declared a dawn-to-dusk curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp.

It is unclear when the curfew will be lifted.

Additional reporting by agencies

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