Sri Lanka attacks: What we know about Easter bombings

Sri Lanka attacks: What we know about Easter bombings

The suspect then calmly walks in through a side door - passing dozens who chose to stand outside during the Sunday mass - and steps between pews packed with worshippers.

"We understand the Sri Lankan investigation into the attack is in its early stages", the spokesperson said.

The AFP photo caption says: "Sri Lankan mourners bury coffins for 61 victims killed in a bomb attack at Kebitogollewa in north-central Sri Lanka, 16 June 2006".

"New Zealanders oppose terrorism and extreme violence in all its forms". The attacks were the worst ever against the country's small Christian minority, who make up just seven percent of the 21 million population.

The child, who was the grandson of a cousin of the Bangladeshi leader, Sheikh Hasina, was among the 38 foreign nationals killed in the attacks, which left 321 dead and injured hundreds. The investigation into the blasts is receiving worldwide support as well. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could unleash instability and pledged to "vest all necessary powers with the defense forces" to act against those responsible.

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Sri Lanka has said local Islamist extremist group called the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) is suspected of plotting the blasts. Although there was a powerful blast, no injuries were reported.

A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said. Most of the victims are believed to be Sri Lankans, but at least 31 foreigners are among the dead too.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday at least 45 children were among those killed.

First responders continue to sort through the wreckage of churches and hotels in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, where eight explosions have killed almost 300 people. Interpol announced Monday it would deploy a special team to Sri Lanka to investigate the waves of deadly bombings.

Theravada Buddhism is Sri Lanka's biggest religious group, making up about 70% of the population. "The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under worldwide law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Sri Lanka and all other relevant authorities in this regard", said the statement.

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