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Mass funerals held as nation mourns victims of Sri Lanka attacks
2019-04-23 13:41:38

Sri Lanka has held its first mass funeral as the country marks a day of mourning for the victims of Sunday's bomb blasts, the BBC reports. 

The death toll from the attacks on churches and hotels has risen to 310 with about 500 wounded, police said.

The country has observed three minutes of silence and a state of emergency is in effect to prevent further attacks.

Sri Lanka's government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ).

Police have now detained 40 suspects in connection with the attack. A spokesman said they included a Syrian who was arrested "after the interrogation of local suspects".