Sri Lanka investigates possible ISIS involvement in Easter Sunday bombings


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By Linda Givetash and Charlene Gubash

Sri Lankan authorities are investigating what role international terrorist networks may have played in a string of suicide bombings Easter Sunday after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack.

The death toll from the blasts, which targeted churches and hotels across the island nation, has risen to 359 people, police said, including 39 foreigners. At least 45 children were among the victims, according to UNICEF.

And on Wednesday, the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he had asked for the country’s defense secretary and national police chief to resign, according to a report from the AP. Officials have been heavily criticized over the handling of recent warnings from international intelligence agencies that an attack on Sri Lankan sites was likely.

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