Sri Lanka lifts curfew after bomb explosions kill 290, wound 500

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COLOMBO: Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded by a string of bombings that tore through churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday.
There was still no claim of responsibility for the attacks on two churches and four hotels in and around Colombo, the capital of predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, and a third church on the country’s northeast coast.
A government source said President Maithripala Sirisena, who was abroad when the attacks happened, had called a meeting of the National Security Council early on Monday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would attend the meeting, the source said.
Police said that 24 arrests have now been made, but the government has not yet identified who carried out the attacks.
There are reports of social media networks being temporarily restricted to try and stop misinformation spreading.
Popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook are said to be unavailable to many.
The death from the Easter Sunday explosions in Sri Lanka as risesn to 290 with almost 500 people wounded, a police spokesperson said on Monday.
The police added the investigation into the bombings will examine reports that the intelligence community failed to detect or warn of possible suicide attacks before the violence.
Authorities also lifted a curfew that was in place overnight following the bombings. The streets in the capital, Colombo, were largely deserted on Monday morning, with most shops closed and a heavy deployment of soldiers and police.
An improvised pipe bomb discovered close to Colombo’s main airport has been successfully defused, according to police.
The “homemade” pipe bomb was found late on Sunday on a road leading towards the main terminal, which remains open with heavy security after deadly attacks on churches and hotels. …Agencies

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