Death toll from Sri Lanka attacks hits 321

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The death toll from Sunday’s multiple explosions in Sri Lanka has risen to 321 people, with the number of those injured hitting around 500, police said on Tuesday.

Eight explosions rocked the South Asian country, most hitting churches and hotels in and around the capital Colombo.

The explosions came as Christians worldwide celebrated Easter Sunday, one of the most important events in the Christian calendar.

Following the blasts, the Sri Lankan government declared a 6PM to 6AM curfew in the country with immediate effect. Some social media sites were also shut down, including Facebook.

Some 40 people have been arrested in connection with the explosions as police continue with investigations.

Two Chinese nationals were reported to have been killed in the blasts.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but has not provided any evidence to support their claims.

The attacks were condemned by leaders all around the world, with calls for concerted efforts to defeat terrorism.

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