Sri Lanka Bombings Death Toll Rises To 310 As National Day Of Mourning Begins
The death toll of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has now risen to above 300.
A police spokesperson confirmed to media the number of dead is now at 310, with hundreds more injured.
Among the dead were dozens of foreigners, including two Australians -- a mother and her young daughter.
Two other Australians were also injured in the attacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Monday.
Authorities have declared Tuesday a national day of mourning in Sri Lanka.
It comes after confirmation that at least 40 people have been arrested over the string of suicide bombings which rocked the country on Sunday.
Investigators said seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks targeting churches and popular tourist hotels in the capital of Colombo and surrounding areas.
A government spokesperson said an international network was involved, however, no group immediately claimed responsibility.
Police said 87 bomb detonators were found at the city’s main bus station, while an explosive went off near a church when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it.
A state of emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka, meaning police and the military have now been given extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.
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