Hospital sources have told the BBC that at least nine foreign nationals are among the deceased. "We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks", it said. And the Tamil Tigers had notably focused their attacks on "transit hubs, Buddhist shrines, and office buildings. and Sri Lankan officials", rather than churches, according to a Council on Foreign Relations report.
A second deadly explosion was then confirmed at St Sebastian's, a church in the town of Negombo, north of the capital.
Sri Lankan security officials said they were checking for details. Police said another explosion was reported at a church in Batticaloa.
Three separate explosions have also been reported at the Shangri La, the Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury hotels, all in central Colombo.
The official says they suspect the blasts at two churches were carried out by suicide bombers.
Inside St Sebastian's Church after the blast.
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Anne Lankin, a Canadian travelling in Colombo, arrived in the country the day before the attacks.
Canadian permanent resident Kanch De Silva arrived in Sri Lanka from Toronto two days ago to visit his parents, who live about 15 kms from Colombo.
The White House followed up with a statement from the press secretary: "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that have claimed so many precious lives on this Easter Sunday".
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the violence could trigger instability in Sri Lanka, a country of about 21 million people, and he vowed the government will "vest all necessary powers with the defence forces" to take action against those responsible.
The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked past year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.
St. Sebastian's Church posted photos of the aftermath on Facebook, pleading for relatives to "come and help if your family members are there".
"I'm sure the information will become even more sickeningly real", he said, offering his support and prayers to Sri Lankans in Australia and overseas.
In a statement today, the ministry expressed Malaysia's condemnation of the attack.
This is a developing story.