BREAKING: Islamic Terror Group Behind Sri Lanka Mass Bombings

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Via 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. Ten days 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.

• A dusk-to-dawn curfew was implemented for a second night on Monday in Colombo, the capital. And major social media and messaging services, including Facebook and WhatsApp, have been blocked by the government to curb the spread of misinformation.

The death toll rose significantly overnight to 290, the police said on Monday, adding that about 500 people had also been wounded in the attacks on sites across the country.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said that at least 36 foreigners were among those killed. Those countries that have confirmed their citizens were killed include the United States, Australia, Britain, China, Japan and Portugal.

Ruwan Gunasekera, a police spokesman, would not reveal how many people were killed at each of the nine sites, including three churches and three hotels.

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