Police officials in Sri Lanka have arrested over 20 people in connection with a string of bomb attacks on several churches and hotels, on Sunday, that have claimed the lives of at least 290 people.
The country was thrown in to mourning on Easter Sunday after eight apparently coordinated blasts hit churches filled with worshipers as well as luxury hotels in the capital Colombo, and the cities of Negombo and Batticaloa.
Police announced an increase in the death toll on Monday morning, saying some 500 people had also been injured in the attacks, the worst of their kind since the end of Sri Lanka’s devastating civil war a decade ago.
Among those killed were 32 foreigners, including nationals from Britain, the United States, China, Turkey, Portugal, India, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
On the aftermath of the explosion, three police officers were also killed several hours later, when they raided a house in Colombo.