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Monday, 22 April 2019

Sri Lanka: The toll of the Easter attacks has risen to 290 dead

About 290 people were killed in the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, according to a new report announced Monday by the local police.

Sri Lanka has experienced a bloody Easter Sunday with a coordinated wave of attacks on luxury hotels and filled churches, which have killed at least 290 people, including dozens of strangers, and raised a global commotion.

In just a few hours, bombs caused death and desolation in four hotels and three churches, during Easter Mass, in several places on the South Asian island, which had not seen such an outburst of violence since end of the civil war 10 years ago.

"The toll is around 290 (dead) and 500 wounded," police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told AFP. 24 people were arrested in connection with this wave of attacks, which have not been claimed at this stage, he added.

On Sunday, in a few hours, bombs caused death and desolation in four hotels and three churches, during Easter Mass, in several places on the island of South Asia, which had not seen such an outburst of violence. since the end of the civil war ten years ago.

Eight explosions in total hit Sunday Sri Lanka. From the Vatican to the United States to India, these attacks have raised a global commotion.

Dozens of foreigners were killed in this popular tourist country for its idyllic beaches and lush greenery.

Their exact number "is difficult to determine. Around 37 (foreigners) died, of which 11 were identified. Some of the bodies are mutilated and it is difficult to identify them, "a foreign affairs official told AFP.

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