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Sri Lanka death toll rises to 359, one terrorist studied in UK and Australia


25 April 2019

The death toll of the anti-Christian bombings on Easter Day in Sri Lanka rose to 359 on 24 April and it was revealed one of the Islamist terrorists studied in the UK and Australia.

“We believe one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his postgraduate in Australia, before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka,” said Sri Lankan Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene. He did not name the terrorist or the universities or colleges he attended.

People mill about the wreckage at one of the sites that was struck by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka on Easter Day
People mill about the wreckage at one of the sites that was struck by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka on Easter Day

Wijewardene said eight out of nine suicide bombers had been identified and were middle or upper class, well-educated and from financially stable families. One was a wife who blew herself up when police raided her home.

Eight of the terrorists were photographed swearing allegiance to IS.

Wijewardene said that 60 Sri Lankan nationals had been arrested and that 39 were still in custody being questioned. He added that all the suspects were linked to the attackers.