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Sri Lanka Terror Attacks: Death Toll Rises To 310, 40 Arrested

Another minor explosion occurred in Kochchikade, in Colombo on Monday evening, when the Bomb Disposal Squad was attempting to defuse an explosive device found in an abandoned vehicle.

Sri Lanka Terror Attacks: Death Toll Rises To 310, 40 Arrested
Sri Lanka Terror Attacks: Death Toll Rises To 310, 40 Arrested
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2019-04-23T12:12:25+0530

The death toll in Sri Lanka has risen up to 310, pertaining to the strings of blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday, while 500 remained injured, the police said on Tuesday.

Another minor explosion occurred in Kochchikade, in Colombo on Monday evening, when the Bomb Disposal Squad was attempting to defuse an explosive device found in an abandoned vehicle. But it caused no injuries, Xinhua news agency reported.

A police spokesperson said 40 people are under arrest over Sri Lanka blasts, and search operations were ongoing to nab more suspects, according to AFP.

He said security would remain beefed up across the island nation and urged people to avoid gathering in public places.

He also asked people to immediately inform the police, if any suspicious packets were found abandoned on the roads or in public transport.

Sri Lanka's cabinet spokesperson, Rajitha Senaratne told reporters on Monday that police had received prior information on possible terror attacks, but adequate measures had not been taken.

He said the government would look into this, and apologized to the nation over the deadly attacks, blamed on a local Muslim group.

President Maithripala Sirisena declared a conditional state of emergency from midnight Monday for the maintenance of essential supplies and services.

IANS

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