‘There was utter chaos’: Sri Lanka left reeling after wave of bombings

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More than 200 dead and hundreds more wounded as churches and luxury hotels targeted in series of attacks

Set back from a strip of golden sand and the shimmering sea, beyond the groves of palm trees heavy with coconuts, the Roman Catholic church in the small town of Negombo had been a place of calm devotion amid the colour, vibrancy and noise of Sri Lanka for more than 200 years.

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