Sri Lanka death toll rises to 359, more arrested

18 suspects were arrested overnight, raising the total detained to 58.

Updated - April 24, 2019 04:56 pm IST

Published - April 24, 2019 09:34 am IST - COLOMBO

Sri Lankan local people pray near to St. Anthony Church on April 23, 2019 evening in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan local people pray near to St. Anthony Church on April 23, 2019 evening in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Police say the death toll in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has risen to 359 and more suspects arrested.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said on Wednesday that 18 suspects were arrested overnight, raising the total detained to 58. The Prime Minister warned on Tuesday that several suspects armed with explosives were still at large.

A top government official said the suicide bombings were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attacks on March 15 last.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks and released images that purported to show the attackers.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said investigators were still determining the extent of the bombers’ foreign links.

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