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The number of dead in Sri Lanka rises to 290

The number of victims of the bomb attacks on churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka is significantly increased again to 290. Around 550 people were injured, according to the latest information in addition to that, a police spokesman announced on Monday in Colombo.

On Sunday had spoken to the police are the least of 207 dead. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered government circles, according to for the morning a Meeting of the national security Council to discuss the situation. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should take part in it. After the attacks, imposed curfew was lifted.

The attacks on three churches in different parts of the country and four Hotels in Colombo and the surroundings of the capital were committed on Sunday at almost the same time and part of suicide-bombers, as in the churches Easter worship services began.

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Among the dead were more than 30 foreigners are the local authorities. This includes citizens of India, the US, the UK, Portugal, China, the Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey. The Swiss are not according to current knowledge among the Victims, it was said by the EDA. The Department of foreign Affairs to fit but on Sunday, the travel advice for the country. Who are the perpetrators of the attacks, is still completely unclear.

The Sri Lankan government stated that it was considering possible international Connections to a local group of militant extremists. She admitted, moreover, that it had prior information about possible attacks on churches, with reference to a little-known group of local Islamists.

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During a RAID in a house in Colombo were taken to police information on Sunday of 13 persons. All citizens of Sri Lanka. In the case of the use of the three police officers had been killed. In connection with the attacks, a total of 24 persons had been arrested, said a police spokesman on Monday.

After the series of attacks in Sri Lanka, security forces defused near the airport of the capital city of Colombo is also a pipe-bomb. A police representative said the homemade explosive device had been discovered on Sunday evening on one of the roads to the main terminal. Specialists of the air force had removed the pipe bomb and harmless. (chk/sda)

Created: 22.04.2019, 06:23 PM

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