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Sri Lanka: number of dead rises to 359

The number of victims of the attacks of Sri Lanka has increased according to the police, at 359. About 60 Suspects have been arrested. On the Background of the alleged suicide bomber, more and more is known.

After the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka the number of dead to at least 359 increased. That's what the police reported. More than 60 people were arrested in connection with the attacks, meanwhile, said the President of Parliament Lakshman Kiriella. He expected that this number will rise to more than 100.

according to The police, in the meantime, eight of the nine suicide bombers have been identified. Among the assassins, a woman, was the Deputy Minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene said. One of the assassins is said to have studied in the UK and Australia, many of them had resided abroad, the Minister said according to The Guardian.

The extremist militia "Islamic state" (IS) had claimed the attacks. It circulated a Video that allegedly revealed how seven alleged suicide bombers were in front of the IS flag the IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi an oath of allegiance.

According to the government of Sri Lanka, the attacks were intended as retaliation for the attack on mosques in Christchurch, new Zealand in March. A spokesman from new Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said, however, that the government of the Pacific state is known to be no such intelligence information.

notes on IS-participation in attacks in Sri Lanka
tagesschau at 20:00, 23.04.2019, Sibylle light, ARD New Delhi

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