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Sri Lanka Easter tragedy: Death toll rises to 290, about 500 wounded; Cops arrest 24 suspects

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Police in Sri Lanka said on Monday the investigation into the Easter Sunday bombings will examine reports that the intelligence community failed to detect or warn of possible suicide attacks before the violence.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: April 22, 2019 13:56 IST
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Death toll from attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels has risen to 290, about 500 people are wounded, said a police spokesman. According to Sri Lankan media, police have arrested 24 suspects till now.

Meanwhile, police in Sri Lanka said on Monday the investigation into the Easter Sunday bombings will examine reports that the intelligence community failed to detect or warn of possible suicide attacks before the violence.

The nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites was Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Monday the death toll, which was 207 late Sunday, had risen overnight but the figure wasn't immediately released.

Two government ministers have alluded to intelligence failures. Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando tweeted, "Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored." He said his father had heard of the possibility of an attack as well and had warned him not to enter popular churches.

And Mano Ganeshan, the minister for national integration, said the security officers within his ministry had been warned by their division about the possibility two suicide bombers would target politicians.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the Criminal Investigation Department investigating the blasts will look into the reports.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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