Friday 24 May 2019

At least 45 children killed in Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Unicef says 27 children died in the attack on St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.

Footwear and personal belongs of victims kept close to the scene of a suicide bombing at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)
Footwear and personal belongs of victims kept close to the scene of a suicide bombing at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

At least 45 children were killed in the Sri Lanka Easter attacks, the UN children’s agency has said.

Unicef said on Tuesday that 27 children died and 10 were injured in the bombing of St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.

It said 13 children died in blasts in Batticaloa and 15 were injured.

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A mourner lights candles during a funeral of an Easter Sunday suicide bomb blast victim at Methodist cemetery in Negombo (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

The agency says that, among foreign victims, five were children.

Twenty children have also been taken to hospital in Colombo.

Unicef also says many children lost one or both parents in the attacks and would need psychological treatment.

More than 320 people were killed and 500 injured in the bombings.

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