COLOMBO: The death toll in the multiple bomb blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has risen to 359.
“The death toll has risen to 359. Out of the deceased 39 are identified as foreigners. 17 bodies of foreign nations have been identified and released to their families”, Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said.
“The investigations are still being conducted by intelligence agencies and forces”, he added.
On Tuesday, the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka. However, they did not give evidence for its claim.
On being asked about whether the Islamic state was behind the attack, Ruwan Wijewardene stated:
“We are still conducting investigations to see whether there is a direct link to any international organisations.
On Easter Sunday, a string of eight devastating blasts rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka.
The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.
Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels including the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury in Colombo.