People react during a mass burial of victims in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details.
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four hotels hit by suicide bombers. The toll had been put at 321 on Tuesday, with about 500 people also wounded.
The attacks were claimed on Tuesday by the Islamic State militant group, which said they were carried out by seven attackers but gave no evidence to support the claim. If Daesh claim is true, that would make it one of the worst attacks carried out by the group outside Iraq and Syria.
Sri Lankans across the island nation observed three minutes of silence early on Tuesday to pay tribute to nearly 300 people killed in a string of suicide attacks.
Muslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home on Friday and not attend mosques or churches after the State Intelligence Services warned of possible car bomb attacks, amid fears of retaliatory violence for the Easter Sunday bombings.
Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church will televise a private on Sunday mass after cancelling regular services over fears of a repeat of Easter suicide bombings that killed 257 people, a spokesman said.
A Chinese envoy will head to Washington on Wednesday to prepare for trade negotiations. The announcement on Tuesday follows conciliatory gestures by both sides ahead of the October talks on their fight over trade and technology,
South Korea is to invest 88 billion won ($74 million) to develop a weapons system by 2023 that can detect and strike drones, its procurement agency said on Tuesday, after incidents of infiltration by North Korean spy drones.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government will seek to persuade Britain’s top court this week that his decision to suspend parliament until shortly before the date for Brexit was not illegal as Scottish judges concluded last week.