The death toll in Sri Lanka following a series of bombings has risen to 290, local authorities say, with about 500 reported injured.

At least 32 foreigners are among the dead, including citizens from Britain, the United States, Japan, China, India, Portugal, Denmark and Turkey. One Australian has been injured, but their condition remains unknown.

While the identity of those behind the attacks remains unclear, Sri Lankan police have made 24 arrests in relation to the bombings. The government says they believe some of the attacks were suicide bombings.

Churches and luxury hotels were the targets of the attacks, which came within a short period of time from about 8:45am on Easter Sunday.

Churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and capital Colombo were bombed during Easter services, along with the Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and Shangri-La hotels in Colombo.

These were followed by an attack near the zoo in the southern Colombo district of Dehiwala, and another in the district of Dematagoda.

The Sri Lankan air force told media that another, undetonated improvised explosive was found and taken care of near the main airport in Colombo.

They are the deadliest attacks in Sri Lanka since the civil war ended in 2009.

Source: BBC
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