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One of the Sri Lanka attackers studied in UK

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One of the suicide bombers in Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday attacks studied in the UK.

At a press conference this morning, the country's Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said "we believe one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his postgraduate in Australia, before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka." adding that the attackers were well educated and "financially independent".

The minister revealed that there were nine suicide bombers, and eight of those have been identified.

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a person standing in front of a building: Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo © Getty Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo

He said that 60 people "have been arrested on possible links to the attacks" and 32 of those are still in custody - all of which are Sri Lankan.

It comes as the country's prime minister said yesterday that they had intel that could have stopped attacks, if it had been passed on correctly.

Police have been investigating whether warnings of attacks were ignored or missed before the violence began, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has confirmed there was a "breakdown of communication". Ruwan Wijewardene wearing a suit and tie: Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene updates the gathered media on details about suicide bombings © Reuters Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene updates the gathered media on details about suicide bombings

The bomber who attacked the Shangri-La hotel has been identified by police as Insan Seelavan, a factor owner.

Police say when a team entered a house in the Colombo suburb of Orugodawatta at Dematagoda for a search, a suicide bomber, thought to be the wife of the owner of the house, killed themselves, causing the concrete floor of the two-storey building to come crashing down.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Funerals held for victims of Sri Lanka attacks © Getty Funerals held for victims of Sri Lanka attacks

The owner of that house, Ibrahim, is also in police custody and it's reported that two of the his sons were bombers.

More arrests are likely to happen over the coming days and it was suggested that there could be more people out there planning to do more harm, but the deputy defence minister would not confirm to Sky News whether this meant that the ninth suspect was still on the run.

The deputy defence minister also told the press conference that an explosion in Colombo earlier was a controlled blast on a motorbike near the Savoy cinema.

a large white building: The damage  at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo - one of the locations attacked © Getty The damage at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo - one of the locations attacked

At a separate press conference this morning, the US ambassador Alaina Teplitz said "clearly there was some failure in the system," ahead of the bombings and that she had "no prior knowledge" of a threat.

Police on Wednesday morning said the number of confirmed dead in the attacks has risen to 359.

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