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Officials inspect the damaged St. Sebastian's Church after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019 in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Officials inspect the damaged St. Sebastian's Church after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019 in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Officials inspect the damaged St. Sebastian’s Church after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019 in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

China on Tuesday warned its citizens not to travel to Sri Lanka after a series of explosions there on Easter Sunday killed nearly 300 people, including 32 foreigners.

A spate of bombings on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed 290 people and wounded more than 500 others on Sunday. The capital of Colombo is currently under curfew amid warnings of further attacks and fears of communal violence. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks, but the authorities have blamed local militants with links to foreign networks.

On Tuesday, the Chinese embassy warned its citizens in Sri Lanka to stay away “in the near term” from crowded areas and pay attention to safety reminders.

“If Chinese citizens insist on going (to Sri Lanka) after this warning is issued, they will bring enormous security risks to their parties and make it difficult for the embassy to provide effective assistance,” the advisory said in Chinese.

The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued an advisory that Americans should “exercise increased caution” in Sri Lanka. “Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka,” said the advisory, which cited tourist locations, markets, hotels, clubs and restaurants among possible targets.

The warnings come amid concerns that tourists may begin canceling their visits to the Indian Ocean island as security fears heighten.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

— CNBC’s Ted Kemp and Reuters contributed to this report.

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