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スリランカ連続爆破テロ 350人以上死亡、500人以上負傷

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Easter (Sunday)
復活の主日(復活祭が祝われる日。今年は4月21日)
bomb
爆弾(後出 bombing は爆破、suicide bombing は自爆テロのこと)
blast
爆発(後出 explosion も同意)
deadly
死者を出す
devastating
壊滅的な
civil war
内戦
Islamic State group
過激派組織「イスラム国」のこと
claim responsibility
犯行声明を出す
fundamentalist
原理主義者
retaliation
報復
massacre
虐殺
white supremacist
白人至上主義者
collapse
崩壊させる
worshipper
礼拝者
(be) frequented by ~
~がよく訪れる
bloodshed
流血の惨事
rebel group
反政府組織
A police officer inspects a blast spot at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 21. (AP, File)

Easter bomb blasts kill over 350 in Sri Lanka   

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Bombings at churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 350 people and wounded more than 500 in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war ended a decade ago.

On April 23, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. A top government official said the suicide bombings were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque massacres in March that a white supremacist has been charged with carrying out.

The eight explosions -- mostly in or around Colombo -- collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests.

Most of those killed were Sri Lankans. But the three bombed hotels and one of the churches, St. Anthony's Shrine, are frequented by foreign tourists, and at least 30 foreigners, including Japanese woman Takahashi Kaori, 39, died in the attacks.

The scale of the bloodshed recalled the worst days of the civil war, in which the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group from the ethnic Tamil minority, sought independence from the Buddhist-majority country.

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週刊英語学習紙 毎日ウィークリー5月4日号

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