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    An ambulance carrying dead body of Bangladeshi boy killed in one of the Sri Lankan blasts is seen at the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 April 2019

The death toll from the heinous terrorist attacks that targeted churches and hotels in Sri Lanka has continued to climb, the local authorities reported on Wednesday.

The death toll from the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks has now surpassed 350 as the investigation continues, the police said on Wednesday. The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured during the Easter Sunday attacks.

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The Sri Lankan authorities have now set the death toll at 359, which is an increase by 38 since yesterday.

In a recent development, the Sri Lankan police have arrested another 20 suspects, increasing the total number in custody to 60, Sri Lanka's Deputy Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said when giving updates on Sri Lanka attacks on Wednesday.

Most of the attackers were "well-educated, financially independent and from the middle class," Minister Said, adding that one of the bombers studied in the UK and Australia.

Investigations confirm that there were nine suicide bombers, of which eight have been identified, authorities said.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack and released the names of their suicide bombers via their official channel Amaq. 


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