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Three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels hit by simultaneous explosions, killing at least 50 people.

Series of bombs went off at luxury hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, killing at least 50 people and hundreds worshippers who attended Easter Sunday services were injured.

Three of the explosions took place in Catholic churches while three other exploded at five star hotels, namely the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La which were located in the heart of Colombo.

The explosions took place almost simultaneously, reports say the first was reported in a church located in the capital, while other blasts followed within half an hour.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

The churches that were attached are; St. Anthony’s in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s in Negombo and Batticaloa.

An official at the Batticaloa hospital were some of the victims were rushed to told newsmen that more than 300 people had been admitted with injuries following the blast there.

Police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera said that the injured were being evacauted while security forces have cordoned off the areas and search operations are under way.

Security in the capital and the airport has been beefed up following the attacks.

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By Roving

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