At least 49 dead as six blasts rock Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Atleast 49  people are reportedly dead and 280 were injured as simultaneous blasts.

The blasts occurred at around 8.45 a.m.(local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.Three churches – St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa – were targeted, police said.

Police and emergency vehicles have blocked the entrance to the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, where there’s visible damage, including shattered windows, above the main entrance where a cafe was located.

The Colombo National Hospital spokesperson, Dr Samindi Samarakoon, said at last 280 people have been admitted with injuries.

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