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This from the Guardian's South Asia correspondent , who is in Negombo, Sri Lanka . The Easter Sunday attacks have killed more than 320 people in Sri Lanka, and were involved in mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, March, Sri Lanka's minister. state for defense has the country's parliament. Ruwan Wijewardene has a special session of the national body on Tuesday afternoon, which has been shown as "this attack was carried out in a retaliation against the Muslims in Christchurch", he said. 19659011] An intelligence memo circulated to some government in the weeks before the attack noted that one member of the terrorist group identified as having perpetrated the bombings had started to update his social media accounts "with ex tremist content ”in the aftermath of the shootings by a rightwing-extremist in New Zealand who killed 50 people. But terrorism researchers have said the sophisticated nature of the attack and the equipment used would likely have required months of preparation, including conditioning the suicide bombers and testing the explosives. Wijewardene also customs parliament that had the death toll had climbed to 321 people including 38 foreigners, and reiterated that the prime minister and other key officials were never told about the possibility of an impending attack. Michael Safi(@ safimichael) Christchurch was mentioned in the confidential briefing note. One suspect had started updating his SM accounts "with extremist content" in aftermath of the shootings https://t.co/7Mi7Nq4uMm April 23, 2019 michael safi(@ safimichael) But terrorism researchers have said the sophisticated nature of…

This from the Guardian’s South Asia correspondent , who is in Negombo, Sri Lanka .

The Easter Sunday attacks have killed more than 320 people in Sri Lanka, and were involved in mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, March, Sri Lanka’s minister. state for defense has the country’s parliament.

Ruwan Wijewardene has a special session of the national body on Tuesday afternoon, which has been shown as “this attack was carried out in a retaliation against the Muslims in Christchurch”, he said. 19659011] An intelligence memo circulated to some government in the weeks before the attack noted that one member of the terrorist group identified as having perpetrated the bombings had started to update his social media accounts “with ex tremist content ”in the aftermath of the shootings by a rightwing-extremist in New Zealand who killed 50 people.

But terrorism researchers have said the sophisticated nature of the attack and the equipment used would likely have required months of preparation, including conditioning the suicide bombers and testing the explosives.

Wijewardene also customs parliament that had the death toll had climbed to 321 people including 38 foreigners, and reiterated that the prime minister and other key officials were never told about the possibility of an impending attack. Michael Safi
(@ safimichael)

Christchurch was mentioned in the confidential briefing note. One suspect had started updating his SM accounts “with extremist content” in aftermath of the shootings https://t.co/7Mi7Nq4uMm

April 23, 2019 michael safi
(@ safimichael)

But terrorism researchers have said the sophisticated nature of the attack and the equipment used would probably have required months of preparation, including conditioning the suicide bombers and testing the explosives. Christchurch took place 5 weeks ago …

April 23, 2019

Welcome to our continued coverage of the Easter Sunday suicide attacks in Sri Lanka, where a day of mourning is getting under way for the 310 dead. I’ll be keeping you updated on developments from the island.


Relatives and friends cemetery Don David Katuwapitiya in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 23, 2019. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara / EPA

Here you have to know on Tuesday morning:

  • Sri Lankans have been observing a national day of mourning marked by a three-minute silence at 8.30am local time.
  • The first mass burials from Sunday’s bomb attacks have taken place in Negombo, where an explosion killed churchgoers at St Sebastian’s.
  • The death toll has risen to 310, police confirmed on Tuesday, with hundreds more injured.
  • Forty people have been arrested in connection with the attacks and state of emergency has been brought in across Sri Lanka.
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings but a local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath has been named as the chief suspect.
  • At midnight local time at state of emergency came into place, giving police additional powers to stop and search suspect.
  • The prime minster, Ranil Wickre mesinghe is the address of today when it convenes.
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