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Sri Lanka lifts curfew as death toll rises to 290

April 22, 2019 12:13 P.M. (Updated: April 23, 2019 2:55 P.M.)
COLOMBO (Ma'an) -- The number of people killed has risen to 290, including at least 32 foreigners, after a series of bombings hit Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday, targeting churches and hotels, and injuring over 500 people.

Sri Lankan authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka, on Monday, although there were warnings that more attacks were possible.

There was still no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday bombings in Colombo City.

Sri Lankans accounted for most of the 290 people killed and 500 injured. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan government officials confirmed that 32 foreigners were also killed. These included people from the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey, India, China, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe convened Sri Lanka's top military officials at an emergency meeting of the National Security Council following the bombings and called for an emergency convening of the nation's parliament on Monday.

The Indian Ocean island of about 22 million people has Christian, Muslim, and Hindu populations of between about eight and 12 percent.

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