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Tug boats and ships battle the fire on MT New Diamond, off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The crude carrier chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), caught fire while on its way to port of Paradip in India on Thursday.

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In this photo provided by Sri Lanka Air Force, tug boats and ships battle the fire on MT New Diamond, off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The fire on the large oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast has been brought under control but is still not extinguished, the navy said Saturday. The tanker, carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil, was drifting about 20 nautical miles (37 kilometers) from Sri Lanka's eastern coast and on Friday evening a tug boat towed it to the deep sea away from land, said navy spokesman Capt. Indika de Silva.

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In this image made from video, an injured crew member of the MT New Diamond, is transferred to a Sri Lanka Navy vessel off Sangamankanda Point, Sri Lanka. A flotilla from Sri Lanka and India was escalating efforts to douse a fire raging on the oil tanker east of Sri Lanka for a second day Friday. The fire started Thursday in an engine room boiler on the MT New Diamond, leaving one crew member injured and one missing.

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This photo released by Sri Lankan Air Force shows smoke rising after a fire broke out on a Panama-registered oil tanker about 38 nautical miles (70 kilometers) east of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, center, blesses his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who pays respect after being sworn in as the prime minister at Kelaniya Royal Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan Catholic prays outside St. Anthony's church, one of the sites of the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, on the first anniversary of the deadly bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans commemorated the anniversary of last year's Islamic State group-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks from their homes on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than 260 people were killed when three churches, two Catholic and one Protestant, came under simultaneous suicide bomb attacks during Easter celebrations on April 21, 2019. Three tourist hotels were also targeted, killing some 42 foreign nationals.

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Sri Lankan police officials spray disinfectants in a residential neighborhood during lockdown in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A Sri Lankan police officer sprays disinfectant on a homeless man before transporting him to an isolation center as a measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus during a lockdown in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities claim they have largely managed to prevent community spreading through proper identification and isolation of people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients.

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Sri Lankans queue for groceries along a road during a temporary lift of a curfew as virus-containment measures in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

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A man and a child wearing a protective masks as a precaution against a new coronavirus board a plane at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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West Indies' batsman Andre Russell, right, and Shimron Hetmyer celebrate their victory over Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka

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West Indies' batsman Andre Russell celebrates scoring the winning run to defeat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their second Twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.

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West Indies' bowler Sheldon Cottrell, right, salutes as he celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lankan batsman Wanidu Hasaranga, left, during their second Twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.

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West Indies' bowler Fabian Allen celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lankan batsman Shehan Jayasuriya during their second Twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.

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A Sri Lankan hotel employee garlands England's cricket captain Joe Root upon his arrival at the team hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. England's cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka to play two test match series beginning March 19 in Galle.

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Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis plays a shot as West Indies' wicketkeeper Shai Hope watches during the third one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Pallekele, Sri Lanka

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West Indies' Fabian Allen, left, and Sheldon Cottrell look on as Sri Lankan team members celebrate their victory by 161runs in the second one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Sooriyawewa, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando celebrates his century during the second one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Sooriyawewa, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan student Buddhist monks representing Inter University Bhikku Front protest outside the president's office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Protesters demanded the government not to proceed with a status of forces agreement (SOFA) and Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement with the U.S.

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Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of abducted Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda arrives to address the media in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prageeth went missing in 2010 during the presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the brother of current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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In this photo taken behind a welding safety glass, a partial solar eclipse is seen in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's new foreign minister Dinesh Gunawardena prays as he assumes duties in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's former prime minster Ranil Wickremesinghe waves to the media as he leaves his official residence with his wife Maitree in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe stepped down as prime minister to clear the way for the president to form his government. Wickremesinghe said in a statement that he is stepping down despite having a parliamentary majority, respecting the mandate Gotabaya Rajapaksa received in last Saturday's presidential election.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, front right, and his brother and the country's new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stand for the national anthem at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, greets his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, after appointing him as prime minister at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sworn in his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister.

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Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa greets people as he leaves after taking the oath of office during the swearing in ceremony held at the 140 B.C Ruwanweli Seya Buddhist temple in ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura in northcentral Sri Lanka. The former defense official credited with ending a long civil war was Monday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s seventh president after comfortably winning last Saturday’s presidential election.

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Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, second left, greets as he takes the oath of office in front of chief justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, back to camera as his son Manoj, left, watches during the swearing in ceremony held at the 140 B.C Ruwanweli Seya Buddhist temple in ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura in north central Sri Lanka. The former defense official credited with ending a long civil war was Monday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s seventh president after comfortably winning last Saturday’s presidential election.

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Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center seated, looks on as secretary to the president Udaya Seneviratne, left, reads a document during the swearing in ceremony held at the 140 B.C Ruwanweli Seya Buddhist temple in ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura in northcentral Sri Lanka. The former defense official credited with ending a long civil war was Monday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s seventh president after comfortably winning last Saturday’s presidential election.

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Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the nation after his swearing in ceremony held at the 140 B.C Ruwanweli Seya Buddhist temple in ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura in northcentral Sri Lanka. The former defense official credited with ending a long civil war was Monday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s seventh president after comfortably winning last Saturday’s presidential election.

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A supporter of Sri Lanka's governing party waves a national flag as they mark the close of the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Polls closed Saturday evening after a day of voting for Sri Lanka’s next president, an election marred by shots fired at a convoy of Muslims heading to cast their ballots in what some called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group.

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Sri Lankans wait in queue to cast their votes at a polling station during the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election Saturday after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday.

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Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary and presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, leaves a polling station after casting his vote in Embuldeniya, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election Saturday after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday.

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Presidential candidate of Sri Lanka's governing party Sajith Premadasa leaves a polling station after casting his vote in Weerawila, Sri Lanka. A convoy of buses carrying Muslim voters traveling in northern Sri Lanka was attacked by gunfire and stones, and blocked by burning tires, around midnight on Saturday hours before polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, according to Colombo-based Centre for Monitoring Election Violence.

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Presidential candidate of Sri Lanka's governing party Sajith Premadasa waves to supporters during a rally in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The voting is scheduled to be held on Nov. 16.

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Sri Lankan presidential candidate and former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves to his supporters during a rally in Neluwa village in Galle, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa is the front-runner in Sri Lanka's upcoming presidential election.

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Sri Lankan presidential candidate and former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, waves as he leaves after addressing a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa, who's a front-runner in next month's presidential election says if he wins he won't recognize an agreement the government made with the U.N. human rights council to investigate alleged war crimes during the nation's civil war.

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Sri Lankan presidential candidate and former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, waves to supporters during his election campaign rally in Kadawatha, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan prime minister and the leader of United National Party Ranil Wickeremesinghe give a thumps up sign during their maiden presidential election campaign rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Presidential candidate of Sri Lanka's governing party Sajith Premadasa, center, waves to his supporters as he arrives at his maiden election campaign rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Premadasa says he will put a former army chief in charge of national security if he wins, an apparent move to counter former defense chief and front-runner Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose campaign centers on security following last Easter's deadly suicide bomb attacks.

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Presidential candidate of Sri Lanka's governing United National Party, Sajith Premadasa and his wife Jalani greet the media as they arrive at the election commission to file his nomination in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Premadasa is a son of former President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who was assassinated in 1993 by the Tamil Tiger rebels. The rebels were eventually defeated in the civil war.

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Sri Lankan presidential candidate and former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves to media as he leaves the election commission with his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, front left, after filing his nomination in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for next month‚ Sri Lankan presidential election, but the incumbent has opted not to seek a second term with the entry of Rajapaksa, who is considered the favorite.

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Supporters of Sri Lankan presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, celebrate following a court decision in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan court has dismissed a case seeking the cancellation of the citizenship of presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa, clearing the way for him to register as a candidate in a November election.

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A ferry berths as a partially illuminated Colombo Lotus Tower, a multi complex digital transmission tower, is reflected in the water, a day after its opening in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga successfully appeals to dismiss New Zealand's Ross Taylor as his fourth wicket taken in four consecutive balls during the third Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga, left, celebrates taking a hat trick wicket that of New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme during the third Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Pallekele, Sri Lanka

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New Zealand's Tom Latham celebrates scoring one hundred and fifty runs during day four of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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New Zealand's Tom Latham, left, celebrates scoring a century as BJ Watling watches during day three of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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New Zealand's Tom Latham celebrates scoring a century during day three of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka's bowler Lasith Malinga, left, who played his career last one-day international cricket match acknowledges the crowd after Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 91 runs in the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga along with his wife Taniya and two kids Ekeesha and Duvin pose for photographers following his career last one-day international cricket match played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's bowler Lasith Malinga who played his career last one-day international cricket match acknowledges the crowd after Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 91 runs in the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Tilekeratne, a Sri Lankan road side vendor walks carrying a stack of steel buckets for sale in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at St Anthony’s Church, in Colombo. Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe is also seen.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs the visitors’ book as Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena looks on, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of the Indian Community at India House, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is bid farewell by Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe before emplaning for India from Colombo after a day visit, in Colombo.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits St Anthony’s Church, in Colombo.

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A family member of a fallen Sri Lankan soldier weeps during the tenth anniversary of Sri Lanka's civil war victory at the national war heroes memorial in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's former president and current leader of the opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, in white, places a wreath at the fallen heroes memorial during the tenth anniversary of Sri Lanka's civil war victory in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard at the entrance to Good Shepherd convent and the St. Benedict's college in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Catholic officials and parents in Sri Lanka are hopeful that church-run schools will begin to reopen soon for the first time since April's devastating Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels.

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Sri Lankans inspect vandalized shops owned by Muslims in Minuwangoda, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mob attacks on Muslim communities in Sri Lanka's northwest have left one person dead and dozens of shops and mosques destroyed, a government minister said Tuesday, as communal violence worsened in the wake of Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people.

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Dark clouds from a passing thunder storm is seen over the skyline of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The cyclonic storm 'FANI' over southeast Bay of Bengal to the east of Sri Lanka is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm. Cloudy skies are expected over most parts of the island with showers or thundershowers at several places according to local reports.

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A salesman covers the face of a mannequin with a niqab cafe veil at a women's clothing shop in Kattankudy, Sri Lanka. After being targeted by Islamic State suicide bombings on Easter, Sri Lanka has banned the niqab face veil, which increasingly has been seen in Muslim areas of the island nation's east.

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A roof top swimming pool of a hotel gives a deserted look as rain and thunder clouds gather over Colombo's sky line in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is limping back to normalcy after the devastating bomb attacks on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people and wounded hundreds more. People and vehicles are slowly coming back on the road and shops are open but traders say that their business remain drastically low.

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Sri Lankan policemen check the identity card of a person carrying a back-pack, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka says the government should crack down on Islamic extremists with more vigor "as if on war footing" in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.

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Sri Lankan police officers secure the area of exploded St. Anthony's Church on Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A police officer displays ball-bearings that increase the lethality of explosions in Ampara, Sri Lanka. Police in Ampara showed The Associated Press the explosives, chemicals and Islamic State flag they recovered from the site of one security force raid in the region as Sri Lanka's Catholics celebrated at televised Mass in the safety of their homes.

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Sri Lankan Catholics pray on a road during a brief holly Mass held outside the exploded St. Anthony's Church marking the seventh day of the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Police officers collect evidence from a site of a gun battle between troops and suspected Islamist militants in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. Police in Ampara showed The Associated Press the explosives, chemicals and Islamic State flag they recovered from the site of one security force raid in the region as Sri Lanka's Catholics celebrated at televised Mass in the safety of their homes.

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Sri Lankan light candles during a function to express solidarity with all the victims of Easter Sunday attacks, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan police and army soldiers secure the site after an explosion and a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan girl is taken to a hospital after she was found at the site of an explosion and a gunbattle in Kalmunai, eastern Sri Lanka,. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east.

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Shoes and other belongings left by panicked worshippers are seen stacked up inside St. Anthony's Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Priests have allowed journalists inside St. Anthony's Church in Sri Lanka for the first time since it was targeted in a series of Islamic State-claimed suicide bombings that killed over 250 people. Broken glass littered the sanctuary's damaged pews and blood stained the floor. Shoes left by panicked worshippers remained in the darkened church, and broken bottles of holy water lay on the floor.

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Relatives throw flower petals on the coffin of Dhami Brandy, 13, a victim of Easter Sunday's bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka warned that places of worship could be targeted for militant attacks over the coming weekend, as police searched for more suspects in the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings that killed over 350 people.

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Sri Lankan Roman Catholic priests Father Anthony Nishan participates in a funeral service of a victim of Easter Sunday's church explosion of Katuwapitiya in Colombo, Sri Lanka. There are 41 dirt mounds piled with flowers and candles, with wooden crosses marked mostly with numbers that correspond to names in a book that the priests keep. There's fear of more violence and deep grief in this majority Christian enclave outside Colombo. "The whole village is a funeral. The houses here are filled with coffins," Nishan said of a place where about 120 Christians died in the bombing.

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Some of the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks are laid to rest in Colombo

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St Sebastian’s Church near Colombo, after it was targeted by one of the suicide bombers

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Anusha Kumari, center, weeps during a mass burial for her husband, two children and three siblings, all victims of Easter Sunday's bomb attacks, in Negombo, Sri Lanka. In an instant on Easter Sunday, Kumari, 43, was left childless and a widow when suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on churches and luxury hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

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This undated image posted by the Islamic State group's Aamaq news agency, purports to show Mohammed Zahran, a.k.a. Zahran Hashmi, center, the man Sri Lanka says led the Easter attack that killed over 300 people, as well as other attackers. Sri Lankan authorities have blamed the militant Muslim group National Thowfeek Jamaath for the attack. The Islamic State group released the photo to assert its claim on the assault.

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

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Relatives place flowers after the burial of three victims of the same family, who died at Easter Sunday bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan security forces approach the site after a vehicle parked near St. Anthony's shrine exploded in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan woman living near St. Anthony's shrine runs for safety with her infant after police found explosive devices in a parked vehicle in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Lalitha, center, weeps over the coffin with the remains of 12-year old niece, Sneha Savindi, who was a victim of Easter Sunday bombing at St. Sebastian Church, after it returned home in Negombo, Sri Lanka

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A foreigner checks his mobile phone while waiting outside a mortuary of a hospital, a day after series of blasts, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan security forces officers secure a site believed to be a hide out of the militants following a shoot out in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A Sri Lankan man cries while looking for the bodies of his family members killed in yesterday church blasts in a mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankans carry a dead body at St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Dead bodies of blast victims are removed from St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Blood stains are seen on the wall and on a Jesus Christ statue at the St. Sebastian's Church after blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A relative of a blast victim grieves outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Dead bodies of victims lie inside St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A view of St. Sebastian's Church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. More than hundred were killed and hundreds more hospitalized with injuries from eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka's capital on Easter, officials said, the worst violence to hit the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.

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Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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