New Delhi: As many as eight suicide bomb blasts rocked three cities of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing as many as 290 people and injuring 500 others.Also Read - Happy Easter 2021: Quotes, Greetings, SMS, Facebook Messages, WhatsApp Status, GIFs to Wish Your Loved Ones

The attacks began with six coordinated bomb blasts at 8.45 a.m. at three luxury hotels in Colombo and three churches around the country during Easter services. Also Read - Restrictions on Number of People Visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi on Easter

A few hours later, a seventh blast rocked a small hotel near the Dehiwala Zoo, about 12 km south of the capital, while an eighth explosion took place at a residential compound in Dematagoda in Colombo. Also Read - Maharashtra Records Highest New COVID Cases Ever; Lockdown-like Restrictions Return in State | Key Points

Some 24 people have been arrested in connection with the bombings, which are yet to be claimed by any group and can damage the tourism sector in the island country.

The government on Monday blamed a Sri Lankan Muslim outfit for the horrific serial bombings and said the attacks were “a colossal intelligence failure”. The National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) carried out the eight explosions across three cities in Sri Lanka, also injuring over 500 people, the government told the media.

The Sri Lankan government has announced a new curfew from 8 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

As many as eight Indian nationals are among the 290 killed in the serial bombing attack. On Monday morning, the Indian High Commission in Colombo confirmed the names of two more Indian victims.

“We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday: K.G. Hanumantharayappa, M. Rangappa,” the Mission said in a tweet. Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said Hanumantharayappa and Rangappa were part of a seven-member team of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) party, who were touring Colombo. The fate of the rest of the members was not known yet.

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    Sri Lanka Blasts LIVE UPDATES: Bangladesh Prime Minsiter Sheikh Hasina’s sister’s grandson has been reported killed in the Sri Lanka serial bombing. Hasina’s cousin Sheikh Selim’s daughter Sheikh Sonia was on a vacation to Sri Lanka along with her husband Mashiul Haque Chowdhury and two kids.

    At the time of the blast at the Shangri-La hotel, Sonia’s family was having a meal at the hotel restaurant.

    The blast left Sonia’s husband Mashiul Haque Chowdhury seriously injured and her eight-year-old sob Zayan Chowdhury missing.

    The Bangladesh Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmood Humayun confirmed to reporters in Dhaka that the eight-year-old grandson of Sheikh Selim, Zayan Chowdhury died in the blast. “Zayan’s dead body will be brought to Bangladesh from Sri Lanka tomorrow,” Humayun told reporters in Dhaka.

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    Sri Lanka Blasts LIVE UPDATES: Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen(46) died in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attacks on Sunday. The family were visiting Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not been made public.

    With PTI inputs

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    Sri Lanka Blasts LIVE UPDATES: Sunday’s attacks were carried out at St Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, the Zion Church in Batticaloa and Kingsbury Hotel, the Shangri-La and the Cinnamon Grand.

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    Sri Lanka Blasts LIVE UPDATES: The Sri Lankan government on Monday said that it will hold an official funeral to pay tributes to the nearly 300 people killed in a series of suicide bombings on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

    The funeral will be held on Tuesday at the Katuwapitya church in Negambo, a few kilometres to the north of Colombo, Efe news reported.