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42 dead, 280 injured in multiple blasts in Sri Lanka’s churches on Easter

hundreds injured and over forty dead as explosions in three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo rock the Asian nation (AGENCY PHOTO)

COLOMBO – At least 42 people have been killed and hundreds injured after explosions in three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, according to reports.

The blasts hit several high-end hotels and a church in Colombo, while two other churches were targeted outside Colombo, Sri Lanka police told news agency AFP.

The nature of the explosions was not immediately clear.

The first explosions were reported at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in the town of Negombo

Soon after the initial reports, four other blasts were confirmed by the police, according to AFP.

Three of those were at hotels, while another was reported from a church in the town of Batticaloa.

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