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Sri Lanka says 60 people arrested since Easter Sunday blasts

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    Published: 2019-04-24 12:36:27 BdST

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A priest speaks with security personnel near St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Sri Lanka Apr 24, 2019. REUTERS

More than 60 people have been arrested since the rash of Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed at least 359 people, the leader of the country's parliament said on Wednesday.

Lakshman Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, said more than 100 people were likely to be arrested, without giving further details.

Initial investigations confirmed there were 9 suicide bombers and 8 of them were identified, according to the Sri Lanka police.

One of the nine bombers that detonated explosives in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday was a woman, deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters on Wednesday.

The blasts at hotels and churches have so far killed at least 359 people, the deadliest such event in south Asia's history.