Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. More than hundred were killed and hundreds more hospitalized with injuries from eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, the worst violence to hit the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Death toll rises to 359 in Sri Lanks bombings

The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka has risen to 359, police said Wednesday.


The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the multiple bombings in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. The terror group also released images purportedly showing the seven bombers who blew themselves up at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka.

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The images released by the Islamic State’s propaganda unit, Amaq news agency, showed extremist cleric Zahran Hashim as the mastermind of the attack. It also showed the suicide bombers who carried out Easter Sunday’s terror attack but their faces were all covered as they stood against the backdrop of an ISIS flagDeath toll rises to 359 in Sri Lanks bombingsThe terror group named the bombers as Abu Ubayda, Abu al-Mukhtar, Abu Khalil, Abu al-Bara’a, Abu Muhammad and Abu Abdullah.

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