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Church, hotel blasts kill 52 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday
At least 52 people were killed Sunday in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP.
The explosions hit three high-end hotels in the capital, where a church was also targeted. Two additional churches were hit, one near Colombo and the other in the east of the country, police said.
At least one of the victims was killed in Colombo's Cinnamon Grand Hotel, near the prime minister's official residence, where the blast ripped through a restaurant, a hotel official told AFP.
A Reuters report from Colombo says Easter Sunday bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels killed more than 20 people and wounded nearly 300, a hospital official and police sources said.
Colombo National Hospital Director Samindi Samrakoon said she knew of at least 20 deaths and 280 people injured.
A police spokesman said that three churches and three hotels were hit.
At least two of the hotels and one of the churches are in the capital, Colombo. Another church is in Negombo, north of Colombo.
A source in the police bomb squad said that one of the explosions was at St Anthony's Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.