Blasts reported at churches in Sri Lanka

St Anthony's Shrine in KochchikadeImage copyright
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St Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade was one of the targets

At least 20 people are reported to have been killed and more than 200 injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

At least six explosions have been reported. Three churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa were targeted during Easter services.

The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in Colombo, were also hit.

Easter Sunday is one of the major feasts in the Christian calendar.

Images on social media showed the inside of one of the churches – St Sebastian’s in Negombo – with a shattered ceiling and blood on the pews.

Government minister Mano Ganeshan, at the scene of one of the blasts in Colombo, expressed his shock at the attacks.

Sri Lankan media report that foreign tourists may be among the casualties.

Some media outlets have also put the death toll higher.

No-one has yet said they were responsible for the attacks.

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