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LATEST UPDATE: Authorities have arrested seven suspects in connection with the series of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has a curfew in place for residents from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At least 207 people were killed and nearly 400 wounded in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, officials said.

The eight blasts caused fatalities among worshippers and hotel guests, a security official said.

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with reporters.

St. Anthony's Shrine and the three hotels where the blasts took place are in Colombo, and are frequented by foreign tourists.

Alex Agieleson, who was near the shrine, said buildings shook with the blast, and that a number of injured people were carried away in ambulances.

Local TV showed damage at the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels.

Other blasts were reported at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. St. Sebastian's appealed for help on its Facebook page.

The explosion ripped off the roof and knocked out doors and windows at St. Sebastian's, where people carried the wounded away from blood-stained pews, local TV footage showed.

Sri Lankan security officials said they were investigating. Police immediately sealed off the areas.

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