Explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka - reports | World

At least 20 people have been killed and 280 others injured after a series of blasts hit three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, according to a hospital official.

A Sri Lanka security official said near-simultaneous blasts hit the six locations.

An explosion ripped through St Anthony's Shrine in the capital Colombo, causing casualties among worshippers.

Eye-witnesses say buildings in the surrounding area shook with force of the blast and 50 people so far have reportedly been taken to Colombo's main hospital.

A second explosion hit St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo.

Advertisement Sky News' Asia correspondent Tom Cheshire said: "It suggests a coordinated, targeted attack on Christians. It is very unusual for Sri Lanka.

"It's very, very worrying as people are trying to celebrate Easter."

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