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Death toll from Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka nears 300


At least nine bombs that tore through churches and hotels in three Sri Lankan cities on Easter Sunday. The death toll had risen to at least 290, with more than 500 others wounded, by Monday morning. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene described the coordinated blast hus as a terrorist attack by religious extremists.

Here is what we know

    At 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, bombs tore apart three churches and at least three hotels in Colombo. There was another explosion at a housing complex in Dematagoda.

    The U.S. Embassy in Colombo has confirmed at least 4 U.S. citizens were killed in the bombings.

    Sri Lankan police said 24 suspects were in custody and that the attacks appear to have been carried out by suicide bombers.

    There has been no claim of responsibility, but officials say a local group, working with support from an "international network," is suspected.

    Officials have suggested that there was some advance knowledge of a terror plot in Sri Lanka, and that intelligence may have been "ignored."

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