Death toll in Sri Lanka Easter attack nears 300; suspects arrested

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Several suspects have been arrested in the investigation over the bombing of multiple churches and hotels on Easter in Sri Lanka, with the death toll nearing 300.

Two dozen suspects were detained, according to Sri Lankan authorities, for their part in the Easter Sunday bombings that as of Monday morning have resulted in at least 290 deaths.

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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene explained at a press conference that they were not releasing details about the suspects in order to not “give extremists a voice.”

According to the Hindu Business Line, police said that all the suspects belonged to the nation’s minority Muslim population.

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The extremist Islamic group Thawheed Jamaat is suspected of being behind the attack, although the organization has not yet claimed responsibility.

Thawheed Jamaat is known for advocating for the implementation of Wahhabist Islam, a strict interpretation of the religion that includes mandating that women wear burqas, noted the Times of India.

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Another explosion occurred Monday morning near one of the churches as a bomb squad was attempting to diffuse an explosion in a parked van, according to NBC News.

On Sunday morning, a coordinated attack of three churches and three hotels took place. Bombs went off...
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