The death toll across Sri Lanka rose significantly to 290, and about 500 people were also injured badly, said a police official on Monday. 290 people including 5 Indians were killed in the blast in Sri Lanka, EAM Sushma Swaraj confirmed on Monday. Bombings took place in churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka.
Dozens of foreigner among 290 were also killed in the multiple blasts. Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 24 suspects from the minority Muslim community in connection with the blasts that rocked the island on Sunday.
Eight explosions targeted Easter worshipers and luxury hotels popular for International guests. A bomb that was discovered at the main airport in Colombo was defused late Sunday, a police official said. A nationwide curfew imposed on Sunday was lifted early Monday. Still, there is heavy security present at St. Sebastien’s church where one of the devastating blasts took place.
Two of the explosions were executed by suicide bombers, including one who lined up at hotel breakfast buffet before setting off the blast, police said. All the dead-bodies are laid on the floor of the church covered in patterned scarves and white sheets.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, at a press conference, told that there was prior information with some government officials about the attack, but didn’t act on it. He further added, “this is the matter that we need to look into”.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the government said that it would interrogate all the arrested suspected to know whether they had “overseas links”.