UPDATE: At least 207 dead in Sri Lanka blasts

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21.

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St.

Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21.

AFP

COLOMBO - The toll in a series of eight blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to at least 207, with over 450 people wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Speaking at a press conference, he said three people had been arrested in connection with the attacks that mostly targeted high-end hotels in the capital and churches where worshippers were attending Easter services.

Gunasekera said the police were investigating whether suicide bombers were involved in all of the blasts.

A hospital source said Americans, British and Dutch citizens were among those killed in the six blasts, which also injured hundreds of people.

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The explosions hit three high-end hotels in the capital, where a church was also targeted.

Two additional churches were hit, one near Colombo and the other in the east of the country, police said.

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At least one of the victims was killed in Colombo's Cinnamon Grand Hotel, near the prime minister's official residence, where the blast ripped through a restaurant, a hotel official told AFP.

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AFP