Nine Suicide Bombers, Including Woman, Involved in the SL Blast
A view of St Sebastian’s Church damaged in a blast in Negombo, Sri Lanka. 
A view of St Sebastian’s Church damaged in a blast in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo: Chamila Karunarathne/AP)

Nine Suicide Bombers, Including Woman, Involved in the SL Blast

Sri Lanka Deputy Defence Minister said on Wednesday, 24 April, that over 60 people have been arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday suicide bomb blasts which claimed the lives of at least 359 people.

He also added that the leader of local Islamist group that carried out attacks committed suicide at Shangri-La hotel.

As many as 10 Indians are among those dead in the bombings that struck three churches and three high-end hotels.

On Tuesday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the devastating blasts in the island nation and identified the seven suicide bombers who were involved in the attacks, through its Amaq news agency.

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  • Sri Lankan authorities have blamed a local extremist group, National Towheed Jamaar for the attack
  • The churches targeted include St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and another church in Batticaloa
  • The hotels targeted include the Shangri La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury

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Blasts Occurred Around 8:45 am

The blasts occurred around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress, PTI cited police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera as saying.

The Colombo National Hospital said at least 80 people have been admitted with injuries.

It was not immediately clear if the blasts had caused casualties.

"A bomb attack to our church, please come and help," read a Facebook post from St Sebasitian's Church at Katuwapitiutya, in the Western coastal town of Negombo.

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Which Churches, Hotels Were Targeted?

According to the police, three churches – 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 – were targeted.

Three explosions were also reported from the five-star hotels, the Shangri La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury.

Death Toll Rises to 42

The death toll in the blasts that targeted three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka has risen to 42, reported AFP, quoting the police.

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