Sri Lanka explosions kill 50 and injure 500 after blasts at hotels and churches

Three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka have been hit by explosions on Easter Sunday, reportedly killing 50 people and injuring 500 more.

The church blasts reportedly went off during Easter services in and around the  island nation's capital Colombo.

Graphic images and footage shared on social media show the scale of the devastation following this morning's deadly blasts, which went off at around 8.45am local time.

One of the explosions was at St Anthony's Church in Kochcikade, Colombo, with another place of worship in Negombo, which is north of the city.

Sources from two leading tourist hotels in Colombo also confirmed the explosions but did not give any details.

Colombo National hospital said several wounded had been brought in for treatment.

St. Sebastian's church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page,
showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to take part in an emergency meeting following the explosions, according to reports.

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