Nearly 300 people have been killed after a series of bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that left a further 500 people injured.
At least 35 foreigners are said to have been killed in the attacks, including 8 Brits.
There were three attacks at churches during Easter services, along with three attacks at luxury hotels and another two blasts later on.
It has been confirmed that the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. More than 20 people have been arrested but authorities have not confirmed who they believe to be behind the attacks.
A top police official had reportedly alerted security services 10 days prior about a threat to churches from a radical Islamist group called National Thowheeth Jama’ath. They have not yet been formally identified as having carried out the attacks.
‘We are in regular contact with the Sri Lankan authorities. Medical and security services have been working around the clock since yesterday morning’ – British High Commissioner in Colombo
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Mangala Karunaratne, a resident in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, has told Sky News: “We were in disbelief and then heartbroken. There’s a huge sentiment amongst people now, the fact the government knew about this and did nothing about it – it’s just turning into anger now.
“Actions after the event were pretty reasonable by security forces…but the government is not communicating enough. We need to know why they didn’t act on these things beforehand – that’s clearly a question we all have.
“I don’t want to speculate too much right now because this is unprecedented but its a sophisticated attack.
“We’ve gone through a 30-year old war.. I have my confidence in our security forces they will do the right thing and bring the perpetrators to justice and we will come out of this.
“It’s just a matter of time”