S In the Foreign Ministry of Lanka, the nationalities of 11 foreigners killed in the Easter Sunday blasts have been verified. Three Indians, one Portuguese and two Turkish citizens were killed while another nine foreigners were also reported missing. A Dutch citizen and a Chinese citizen have also been reported among the victims.
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Who was behind the attacks?
A police spokesman said Tuesday that 40 people were now arrested in connection with the attacks.
A Sri Lankan government official said the attacks were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a domestic militant group called National Thowfeek Jamaath. There was no liability claim on Monday.
All bombs were Sri Lanka citizens, but the authorities suspect foreign relations, health minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a press conference.
Formerly Ariyananda Welianga, a forensic criminal investigator, said an analysis of the body parts of the attack made it clear that they were suicide bombers. He said most of the attacks were carried out by a single bomber, with two at Colombo Shangri-La Hotel.
Documents seen by AFP show that Sri Lanka’s Chief of Police Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence service to the top officer 1
0 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to strike “prominent churches”.