The death toll in the coordinated bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has risen upwards to 290, a drastic increase from 207 reported previously, with the number of the wounded people at almost 500 now, police said early Monday (April 22) morning.
The first reports of explosions came at about 08:45 (03:15 GMT) local time – with six blasts reported within a small space of time. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services and blasts also rocked the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the country’s capital.
As police hunted those responsible, two further explosions were reported. One blast hit near the zoo in Dehiwala, southern Colombo, and an eighth was reported near the Colombo district of Dematagoda during a police raid, killing three officers.
Late on Sunday (April 21) , the air force said an improvised explosive device had been found and disposed of close to the country’s main airport in the capital, Colombo.
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