Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: Terror Group Is Identified and Death Toll Rises

By The New York Times

  • The Sri Lankan police have arrested 24 people in connection with a series of devastating suicide bombings at hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that left nearly 300 people dead and more than 500 injured.

• The government on Monday blamed National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamic terror organization, for the attacks. More than two weeks ago, a police official warned of a threat on churches by the group, but the authorities failed to act on the information.

• A forensic analysis of body parts found at six sites determined that seven suicide bombers conducted attacks at three churches and three hotels, according to The Associated Press. Most attacks were carried out by a single bomber, but two men targeted the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. Two other bombings at a guesthouse and the suspects’ safe house remain under investigation.

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