Sri Lanka victims: Citizens of at least 12 countries killed

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Sri Lanka's health minister has claimed that a local organisation was linked to the string of bombings that killed almost 300 people and wounded 500 others.

Sri Lankan officials say the terrorist attack that killed 290 people, including two Australians, was carried out with the support of an worldwide network.

The country's president, Maithripala Sirisena, announced that Tuesday, April 23, would be a national day of mourning. And while the phrase "Easter worshipper" is not common, it is also not unheard of.

Edmontonians gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Alberta Legislature on Monday to pay their respects to the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings.

Sri Lanka's 22 million people include a majority Buddhist community as well as minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus.

Five British citizens, including two dual U.S. -U.K. nationals, were also killed in the bombings, according to Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry. The FBI has also offered laboratory expertise in testing some of the bomb evidence, and analysts have been scouring FBI databases for any pieces of information that could shed additional light on the plotters, officials said.

The U.S. State Department is warning that terrorists could still be active in the area, so they've issued a Level 2 travel advisory, which states that anyone traveling to Sri Lanka should "exercise increased caution".

"We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country", Senaratne said.

As it happens, we don't need to wonder how the likes of Clinton and Obama would respond to a similar attack against Muslims.

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The intelligence report, dated April 11, said a foreign intelligence agency had warned authorities of possible attacks on churches by the National Thawheed Jama'ut group.

It was not immediately clear what action, if any, was taken after the threats.

Wickremesinghe, who returned to power in December after president Maithripala Sirisena fired him previous year amid government infighting, said authorities had received warnings but "not enough attention had been paid" to them.

Sirisena fired Wickremesinghe a year ago only to be forced to reinstate him under pressure from the Supreme Court and their relationship is reported to be fraught.

Police arrested 24 suspects in a series of raids just hours after the attacks, and later said 87 bomb detonators had been found at the Bastian Mawatha private bus station in Petta.

Dozens were killed in a blast at the Gothic-style St Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo.

Eight Britons, eight Indians and nationals from Turkey, Australia, France, Japan and Portugal, were also killed, according to Sri Lankan officials and foreign governments. The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society is taking donations here.

The worst thing you can write on the Internet is "I can see both sides of this" but oh well. And in order to avoid doing so, they went so far as to make up a new term - "Easter worshippers" - heretofore unknown to any Christian.

They include three of the children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, a family spokesman confirmed to the BBC.

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