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25 Dead In Serial Blasts At Three Churches In Sri Lanka

Colombo: Five near simultaneous blasts hit three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, claiming 25 lives and injuring nearly 500 people, officials and police said. The blasts occurred at around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Three churches - St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa - were targeted, police said. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotel.