Sri Lanka prime minister condemns 'cowardly' attacks

File: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

File: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

AFP

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned a string of blasts that killed at least 137 people on Sunday as "cowardly" and said the government was working to "contain the situation."

The toll in a string of blasts targeting hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 137, including nine foreigners, a police official told AFP.

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"I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today," he said in a tweet from his verified account.

"I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong... The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation."

The hotels and one of the churches are in the nation's capital Colombo. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

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