Sri Lanka blasts : Death toll rises to 310

The toll from a string of deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 310, with several people dying of their injuries overnight.  Around 500 people were wounded in the blasts.

According to police sources, 40 people were now under arrest in connection with the attacks, which Sri Lanka’s government has blamed on a previously little-known local Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath.

Sri Lanka is observing national mourning today, following a decision taken during a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Sirisena. More than 300 people have died in one of the most dastardly attacks witnessed in Sri Lanka in a long time.

Investigations are underway even as no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far, but the government spokesperson and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne in a press briefing pointed towards a radical Muslim group, National Thowheeth Jamaath, for the bombings.

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