International: Death toll in Sri Lankan church/hotel bombings rises to 321

The death toll from the Easter Sunday bombing attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 321.

About 500 people were injured and 38 foreigners are among the fatal victims.

The information was released during a session of Parliament, in which its current Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, announced the emergency regulations recently promulgated in the country.

About 40 suspects have been arrested in connection with the bombing attacks occurred during the Easter Sunday celebrations, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

Nearly simultaneous explosions rocked three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, in one of the deadliest acts in Sri Lanka's history.

The explosions occurred at St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern city of Batticaloa, while Sunday mass was being celebrated.

A group of 26 individuals are interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Department, and three other suspects are under the Terrorist Investigation Department, the spokesman said.

Sri Lanka imposed some emergency measures to prevent terrorism and declared Tuesday, April 23, as a National Day of Mourning for the bombings in several churches and hotels in the island.

During the national mourning, flags of government institutions will be flown at half mast, alcoholic beverage stores will be closed and televisions and radio stations will have a special broadcast.

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