Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 310

Tue 23 Apr 2019 05:11 GMT | 09:11 Local Time

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The number of people killed in a series of deadly blasts that hit Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 310, Sputnik reported.

According to previous reports, 290 people were killed and 500 were injured in the explosions.

The News 1st local media outlet reported that the number of those wounded in the attacks now stands at 480.

Meanwhile, three minutes of silence have been observed across Sri Lanka to pay tribute to all those killed in Sunday’s terrorist attacks, in line with a full day of national mourning on Tuesday.

This comes after Sri Lankan Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister Harsha De Silva told CNN that the Sunday attacks were not a flop of the country's intelligence services but a failure to circulate information internally to people capable of taking action.

"There was a colossal failure in the communication of this intelligence to the right people who could have taken measures to prevent at least some of what happened," De Silva told CNN on Monday.

Eight explosions took place in Sri Lanka on the Easter Sunday, with three churches and three hotels having been targeted. These are the worst attacks in the country's modern history since the end of the 25-year-old civil war.




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