Here are images from the devastation of the Sunday attacks and glimpses of how the country is beginning to mourn the dead.

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Relatives unloading the coffin on Monday of Sneha Savindi, 12, who was killed in a suicide bombing at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times
Surveying the damage at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo on Monday.CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
Belongings at St. Sebastian’s Church.CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
Investigators at St. Sebastian’s Church on Monday.CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters
Reading the news in Colombo on Monday.CreditM A Pushpa Kumara/EPA, via Shutterstock

After the coordinated bombings that killed at least 290 people on Sunday, images of the Roman Catholic churches that had been targeted showed smashed pews, broken statues and charred beams. Windows, floors and ceilings were blown out at the hotels that were hit.

Witnesses described scenes of terror and carnage. N. A. Sumanapala, a shopkeeper who works near one of the churches that was struck, St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, said: “It was a river of blood. Ash was falling like snow.”

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St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.CreditChamila Karunarathne/Associated Press
Relatives of victims in Colombo.CreditEranga Jayawardena/Associated Press
Members of the Sri Lankan security forces raided a house on Sunday after the explosions.CreditIshara S. Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

A guest at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, Sarita Marlou, wrote in a Facebook post that the bomb there had been set off in a third-floor restaurant.

“Felt the blast all the way up to the 17th floor where we were sleeping,” she wrote. “Few minutes later, we were asked to evacuate the hotel. While running down the stairs, saw a lot of blood on the floor but we were still clueless as to what really happened.”

St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo.CreditIshara S. Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Damage at the luxury Shangri-La hotel in Colombo.CreditIshara S. Kodikara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa was extensively damaged.CreditM. A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA, via Shutterstock

Pope Francis, after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, said the attacks in Sri Lanka had “brought mourning and sorrow” to an important Christian holiday.

“I want to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, struck while it was gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence,” he said.

Security forces outside St. Anthony’s Shrine.CreditDinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
The Kingsbury in Colombo was one of the high-end hotels hit in the coordinated attacks.CreditM. A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA, via Shutterstock
Transporting a body at a morgue in Batticaloa.CreditLakruwan Wanniarachchi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Police officials in Sri Lanka said the attacks had been coordinated by a single group, though they did not identify it. The Colombo attacks were said to have been carried out by suicide bombers.

Among the nearly 300 killed and hundreds more wounded, the authorities said, were 35 foreigners, according to officials and news accounts. American, British, Chinese, Dutch, Indian, Portuguese and Turkish citizens were said to be among the victims.

Damage at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.CreditEPA, via Shutterstock

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