Death toll from Sri Lanka blasts jumps to 290, 24 arrested

SRI LANKA COLOMBO BLASTS
Colombo, April 21, 2019 (Xinhua) — Security staff stand on guard outside the St. Anthony’s Church where a blast took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019. Sri Lankan authorities said on Sunday that the death toll from the explosions which shook the Sri Lankan capital earlier in the day had risen to 185 while 469 others were injured. (Xinhua/A.Hapuarachchi/IANS)

Colombo, April 22 (IANS) With the death toll in the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka increasing to 290, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera on Monday confirmed that 24 people have been arrested for their involvement in the island’s bloodiest attacks in a decade.

Gunasekera confirmed the toll and the arrests to the media here. He also added that 500 people were injured.

The Sunday night toll was at 207, which was revised as more bodies were recovered and some more succumbed to their injuries, the Guardian reported.

Gunasekara said that the police has seized a van and its driver who is suspected of transporting the suspects into Colombo and also raided a safe house used by the attackers.

No group has yet claimed direct responsibility for the eight bombings that ripped through churches and hotels, mostly in the capital Colombo, on Sunday.

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