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42 Killed, 280 Injured In Multiple Blasts In Sri Lanka

Chandigarh : At least 42 people were killed and over 280 injured in multiple explosions that hit two churches and three five star hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning. At the time of incident, over hundreds of devotees were inside the churches to attend the Easter mass.

One of the explosions was a St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade of the capital, Colombo. Another church in Katuwapitiya, Katana was also hit.

Police also reported explosions at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel in the capital.

As per Sri Lanka media reports, the blasts occurred around 8:45 am (local time) as the Easter mass was in progress.

The Police urged the public to stay indoors and not to gather at the explosion sites, and outside the National Hospitals where the injured are being brought in.

No group has claimed the responsibility of the blasts so far.

More details awaited.

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