Sri Lanka blasts: Toll rises to 359; Ranil Wickremesinghe says claims of Islamic State link to suicide bomb attacks being probed

Nearly 60 people have been detained since the Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka, which ripped through high-end hotels and churches packed with Easter worshippers in the capital Colombo and beyond.

Agence France-Presse April 24, 2019 11:14:59 IST
Sri Lanka blasts: Toll rises to 359; Ranil Wickremesinghe says claims of Islamic State link to suicide bomb attacks being probed
  • The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries

  • The blasts have been claimed by the Islamic State group, with Sri Lanka's government pointing the finger at the little-known local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama'ath

  • Sri Lankan police carried out fresh raids, detained 18 more people in their hunt for those involved in the attacks

Colombo: The toll in a series of suicide bomb blasts on Easter Sunday targeting hotels and churches in Sri Lanka has risen to 359, police said Wednesday.

The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured in the attacks.

Sri Lanka blasts Toll rises to 359 Ranil Wickremesinghe says claims of Islamic State link to suicide bomb attacks being probed

Sri Lankan Army in action after the blasts. AP

The blasts have been claimed by the Islamic State group, with Sri Lanka's government pointing the finger at the little-known local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) and also claiming that the group likely had "international" support.

"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 ISIS," he added, using another name for IS.

Overnight, Sri Lankan police carried out fresh raids, detained 18 more people in their hunt for those involved in the attacks.

Nearly 60 people have been detained since the Sunday blasts, which ripped through high-end hotels and churches packed with Easter worshippers in the capital Colombo and beyond.

It is the worst violence in the country since the end of a Tamil insurgency a decade ago.

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