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Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 310, 40 people under arrest

Around 500 people were wounded in the blasts, Ruwan Gunasekera said in a statement.

world Updated: Apr 23, 2019 09:46 IST
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Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 23, 2019, two days after the church was hit in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. (AFP)

The toll from a string of deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 310, with several people dying of their injuries overnight, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Around 500 people were wounded in the blasts, Ruwan Gunasekera said in a statement.

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He added that 40 people were now under arrest in connection with the attacks, which Sri Lanka’s government has blamed on a previously little-known local Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath.

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 09:46 IST