Death toll in Sri Lanka rises to 359
COLOMBO: The death toll in a series of suicide bomb blasts on Easter Sunday targeting hotels and churches in Sri Lanka has risen to 359, police said Wednesday.
Additional deaths were result of wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured in attacks.
Three churches and four hotels were hit by suicide bombers on Sunday morning, killing people and sending shock waves through an island state that has been relatively peaceful since a civil war ended a decade ago.
Sri Lankan security forces arrested 18 suspects linked to country’s deadly Easter bombings in overnight raids, police said Wednesday.
Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said suspects were held in a search operation carried out by police and security forces using emergency powers introduced since attacks.
“Based on the information, we raided three locations and arrested 17 suspects,” Gunasekera said. “Another suspect was arrested at a fourth location.”
Police say they have so far taken 58 people into detention since Sunday.