Colombo / The death toll in the series of attacks on Easter Sunday against churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359 today, official sources said today, revealing their suspicions that “new attacks” could be committed on the island.
“There may be more attacks, we have to be vigilant at this moment, we will have the situation under control in the coming days,” Sri Lanka Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told in a press conference with foreign journalists.
According to the spokesman, the information points to the attacks last Sunday were committed by at least nine suicide bombers who killed themselves with explosives killing hundreds.
“Several of them have studied in other countries, with university degrees and postgraduate degrees which indicated that these were well-educated people,” said the deputy minister, who didn’t specify the nationality of all those involved, said that one of them studied in UK and Australia.
“We are looking for connections with all neighbouring countries”, he said.
So far, 60 people of Syrian origin have been arrested in connection with the attacks, said Wijewardene who declined to answer questions about the alleged detention of a suspect with a Syrian passport.
The investigators continue trying to determine who are responsible for the attacks, claimed yesterday by the Islamic State, which were initially attributed to the local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ).
According to the latest report, offered today by the deputy minister, the number of deceased went from 321 to 359 in the last 24 hours, 39 of them foreigners, after several of the more than 500 injured victims died.
The chain of attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday began with six almost simultaneous explosions in three luxury hotels in Colombo and also in a church in the capital, another in Katana, in the west of the country, and the third in the eastern city of Batticaloa.
Hours later, a seventh detonation took place in a small hotel located a dozen kilometres south of the capital, and the last in a residential complex in Dematagoda, also in Colombo.
The president of the country, Maithripala Sirisena, has announced a restructuring in the next hours of the intelligence agencies, the Police, and the Armed Forces, after it was confirmed that they received information about the attacks hours before they were committed, however they didn’t notify the government.
Attacks of this magnitude had not taken place in Sri Lanka since the civil war between the Tamil guerrillas and the government, a conflict which lasted 26 years and ended in 2009, and left, according to the UN, more than 40,000 civilians killed. (April 24, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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las autoridades de Sri Lanka creen posible que haya más ataques.
una investigación policial que va a comenzar pronto en Sri Lanka.
unos atentados cometidos la semana pasada en Sri Lanka.
no creen que pueda aumentar el número de víctimas mortales.
desmienten que haya ascendido el número de víctimas mortales.
confirmaron que el número de víctimas mortales ha aumentado.
se desmiente que algunas personas fueran detenidas después de lo ocurrido.
los terroristas que se inmolaron no tenían estudios.
continúa la investigación sobre los responsables de esos atentados.
se cometieron en el día en que se da inicio la Semana Santa.
se cometieron en el día en que se celebra la Resurrección de Cristo.
se cometieron en el día en que se celebra la Natividad.
todos los atentados tuvieron lugar en la misma ciudad.
hay medio millar de heridos a causa de esos atentados.
los españoles fallecidos vivían desde hace años en Sri Lanka.