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A further 280 people are reported to be injured. The blasts were reported in Colombo and Negombo as Christians celebrate Easter Sunday. A Sri Lanka security official said six near-simultaneous blasts hit the churches and hotels, according to Sky.

The official added that the church attacks are suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers.

Eyewitnesses told Sky that around 300 people have been admitted to hospital in the capital Colombo.

The churches targeted were the St Anthony’s Chruch in Kochchikade and the St Sebestian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Katana, at well as on in Batticaloa.

The explosions occurred around 8:45am local time (4:15 BST).

The three hotels targeted were the five-star Shangri-La Hotel and Cinnamon Grand as well as the Kingsbury hotels in central Colombo.

Buildings in the surrounding area of the blasts shook according to eyewitnesses who saw a number of injured people carried in ambulances.

Colombo National hospital said several wounded had been brought in for treatment.

St Sebastian’s church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, including images of blood on pews and the floor.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Sri Lankan media have reported that foreign tourists may be among the casualties.

A Cinnamon Grand official, which is near the Prime Minister’s official residence, told AFP agency the explosion ripped through a restaurant killing at least one person there.

Government minister Mano Ganeshan is at the scene of one of the attacks and expressed his shock at the tragedy.

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