Sri Lanka attacks: Bomber 'studied in UK and Australia'


24th April, 2019 01:32:34 printer

Sri Lanka attacks: Bomber 'studied in UK and Australia'


One of the attackers behind the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka studied in the UK, officials say, as further details on the bombers begin to emerge.

The country's deputy defence minister said the bomber studied in the UK before doing a course in Australia.

The announcement comes after the death toll rose again to 359 on Wednesday with more than 500 people wounded.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Islamic State (IS) group may be linked to the blasts.

IS has said it was responsible for the attacks, although it has not provided direct evidence of its involvement.

Police say they have identified eight out of nine attackers - one of whom is believed to have been a woman - with no foreigners among them.

On Wednesday, the US envoy to Sri Lanka warned that there were "ongoing terrorist plots" in the country.

"Terrorists can strike without warning," Alaina Teplitz told reporters. "Typical venues are large gatherings [and] public spaces."