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42 dead ad explosions hit churches, three hotels in Colombo

This image made from video shows an explosion in background, as Sri Lankan Muslim men perform during a religious procession in Akuressa, in Matara, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of Muslims celebrating a religious holiday in southern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing 10 people and critically wounding a government minister, officials said. (AP Photo/APTN)

Blasts hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, including in the capital Colombo, as worshippers attended Easter services, police stated. The blasts occurred at around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Blasts hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, including in the capital Colombo, as worshippers attended Easter services, police confirmed.

A second explosion was recorded at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town north of Colombo.

Witnesses are reporting two explosions have hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers

At least 80 injured in the church blasts, a hospital official confirmed. It was not immediately clear if the blasts had caused casualties. The churches hit were in the north of the capital, and the town of Negombo, just outside Colombo.

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