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21 April 2019, MVT 16:36
Sri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony's Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP
Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. - A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing nearly 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. (Photo by STR / AFP)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (C) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)
21 April 2019, MVT 16:36

Continuation of The Edition's live updates on the situation in Sri Lanka

In the wake of eight explosions that shook Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing and injuring hundreds of people, the Sri Lankan defence minister stated that the perpetrators behind the blasts have been identified.

While the authorities have made a number of arrests, they have neither confirmed nor denied whether they were connected to the attacks.

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Pope Francis has denounced the Sunday terror attacks on Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka. “I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence.”

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The death toll has risen to at least 207, with over 450 people wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Speaking at a press conference, he confirmed that three people had been arrested in connection with the attacks, and that the police were investigating whether suicide bombers were involved in all of the blasts.

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Sri Lankan police have made seven arrests in connection with the attacks. The government confirmed that the perpetrators behind the attacks were a single group, and that most of them were carried out by suicide bombers.

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Maldives Police Service (MPS) and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) announced that national security has been increased in Maldives following the Sri Lanka blasts.

According to the security forces, there have not been any reports of Maldivians being involved in the explosions, or any intelligence of similar attacks planned in the Maldives.

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Sri Lankan Airlines issued a notice stating that passengers of all airlines flying out of Bandaranaike International Airport during curfew can do so, by producing their tickets and passports to security forces and check points.

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