The Sri Lankan authority have arrested 24 individual in connection with a series of devastating suicide bombings at hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that left nearly 300 people dead and more than 500 injured.
According to The Associated Press report, the forensic analysis of victims’ body parts found at six sites determined that seven suicide bombers conducted attacks at three churches and three hotels.
Two other bombings at a guesthouse and the suspects’ safe house remain under investigation.
As of now, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but a police officer alerted security officials in an advisory 10 days ago about a threat to churches from a radical Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath.
The authorities, however, failed to act on the information, government officials said.
A nationwide curfew was lifted on Monday morning, but major social media and messaging services, including Facebook and WhatsApp, remained blocked by the government to curb the spread of misinformation.
The police also said that the death toll rose significantly overnight to 290, adding that about 500 people had also been wounded in the attacks on sites across the country.
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said that at least 36 foreigners were among those killed.
Those countries that have confirmed their citizens were killed include the United States, Britain, China, Japan and Portugal.