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Written by : Info Box Team
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Explosions were reported on Sunday at three churches in Sri Lanka as Christians celebrated Easter and also in two five-star hotels. The blasts took place at the St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade, Kotahena, the St. Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya in Katana and a third in Batticaloa, reports the Daily Mirror newspaper.

According to the reports at least 20 people were killed and over 200 others injured including foreign tourists. Explosions were reported as hundreds of worshipers gathered to commemorate Easter Sunday. Blasts where also reported at the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels in Colombo.

The newspaper also said that there were several foreign tourists among the victims. Images on social media showed the inside the St. Sebastian church with a shattered ceiling and blood on the pews.

No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she was in touch with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo as six explosions hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

"Colombo - I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation," the Minister said in a tweet.

The official handle of the High Commission of India in Colombo also said in a tweet that they were also "closely monitoring the situation".

It also provided helpline numbers for "Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification".



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