The death toll in multiple bomb blasts targeting hotels and churches in Sri Lanka has risen to 359, police said Wednesday (April 24). The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured in the attacks.
“Certainly the security apparatus is of the view that there are foreign links and some of the evidence points to that,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told media on Tuesday night. “We’ve been following up on this claim, there were suspicions that there were links with the Islamic State,” he added. Overnight, Sri Lankan police carried out fresh raids, detained 18 more people in their hunt for those involved in the attacks.
The police initially give the figures of 207 killings in 8 bomb attacks at churches and five star hotels were targeted in the attacks. These were the worst attacks in the history of Sri Lanka. The attacks occurred when Christians were busy in the Easter service.
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