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Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: police

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO:  People react during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo © Reuters/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE FILE PHOTO: People react during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four hotels hit by suicide bombers. The toll had been put at 321 on Tuesday, with about 500 people also wounded.

a group of people standing around a fire: FILE PHOTO:  People attend a prayer meeting after lighting candles to show solidarity with the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, outside a church in Kolkata © Reuters/RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI FILE PHOTO: People attend a prayer meeting after lighting candles to show solidarity with the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, outside a church in Kolkata

The attacks were claimed on Tuesday by the Islamic State militant group, which said they were carried out by seven attackers but gave no evidence to support the claim. If the Islamic State claim is true, that would make it one of the worst attacks carried out by the group outside Iraq and Syria.

a group of people standing in front of a birthday cake with lit candles: FILE PHOTO:  Students light candles during a vigil at a prayer meeting to show solidarity with the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, outside a church in Kolkata © Reuters/RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI FILE PHOTO: Students light candles during a vigil at a prayer meeting to show solidarity with the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, outside a church in Kolkata

(Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Paul Tait)

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