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At a glance: Multiple blasts hit Sri Lanka on Easter Day

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The first blast was reported at St Anthony's Shrine, a well-known Catholic church in the capital Colombo. A second deadly explosion was then confirmed at St Sebastian's, a church in the town of Negombo, north of the capital. Soon after, police confirmed that a third church in the town of Batticaloa had been hit, along with three high-end hotels in the capital - The Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury

Police reported the seventh explosion, the fourth at a hotel near the national zoo, which is in an area near the State capital Colombo.

The eighth explosion hit the suburb of Orugodawatta in the north of the capital, but there are no further details on what was targeted.

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