Easter Sunday Attacks Kill Nearly 300 Across Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has announced a national day of mourning after the coordinated suicide blasts saw eight bombs detonated at hotels and churches, killing at least 321 - including eight Britons - and injuring more than 500.

Another explosion rocked the Asian country of Sri Lanka Monday after hundreds of people were killed during Easter bombings on Sunday.

Officials have taken 24 people into custody in connection with the attacks.

Sri Lankan officials previously said local terror group National Thowheed Jamaththey was involved in the plot, but stressed it likely received help from a more sophisticated "international" group.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far.

Little is known about JMI, other than reports it was established previous year and is affiliated to a similarly named group in Bangladesh.

But cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said the attacks were carried out by a local militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath - with the help of an worldwide network.

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to Sri Lankan leader Ranil Wickremesinghe earlier on Tuesday, where she stressed the UK's solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.

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Anita and her two children Alex and Annabel were killed in an explosion at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on Easter Sunday as they ate breakfast.

Two brothers were both suicide bombers in the Sri Lanka massacre - and one of their wives later blew up herself and their two children during a police raid, according to a report.

On April 21, seven suicide bombers carried out attacks in churches and hotels across Colombo, targeting Christians and foreign tourists.

"Investigations have revealed that the attacks were carried out by Islamic extremists in retaliation to the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand", Wijewardene told Sri Lanka Parliament.

This all comes after a string of bombings on Sunday targeted three churches and hotels in the capital.

Meanwhile on Monday, there was an explosion near the St Anthony's Church where one of the attacks happened on Sunday.

Countries that have confirmed their citizens were killed in the attacks include the United States, Australia, Britain, Denmark, Portugal, Japan, and China.

Local authorities have imposed a curfew and temporarily blocked access to social media and messaging apps, suggesting communications into and out of the country could be hard.

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