A soldier stands guard in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo.

Sri Lanka was rocked by a series of deadly blasts on April 21, 2019. As many as eight blasts occurred in and around the capital Colombo, as large groups gathered at churches for Easter. Three churches, St. Anthony's Shrine, St. Sebastian's church and Zion Church and three luxury hotels in the commercial capital, Colombo, were targeted in a series of coordinated Islamic terrorist suicide bombings. More than 300 people lost their lives in the attack and several were injured.

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