April 21, 2019 / 9:10 AM / 3 months ago

Sri Lanka police say another explosion near national zoo

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police on Sunday reported there had been a seventh explosion, the fourth at a hotel, following six reported at hotels and churches earlier in the day that killed nearly 140 people.

The latest explosion to be reported was at a hotel near the national zoo, which is in an area near the capital Colombo.

“There was an explosion in a hotel in Dehiwela near the zoo,” a police official told Reuters adding that there were no further details available.

An eyewitness on local TV said he saw some body parts including a severed head lying on the ground near the hotel.

Zoo officials declared the zoo closed after the blast.

Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Martin Howell

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