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Live Reporting

By Gareth Evans and Mal Siret

All times stated are UK

  1. We are pausing our live coverage

    A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard along a street

    As night falls in Sri Lanka, we are pausing our live coverage of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings. Here's what we know:

    • Officials say 290 people were killed and another 500 injured in the suicide attacks
    • Most of the dead are Sri Lankan nationals, but 31 people from other countries are believed to have been killed
    • No-one has admitted carrying out the bombings. The government has blamed a local jihadist group known as the National Thowheed Jamath which it said had the support of an "international network"
    • Police have so far arrested 24 people in a series of raids
    • There was another blast on Monday near a church in the capital, Colombo, as security forces tried to defuse explosives inside a vehicle used by the attackers
    • Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said authorities were "aware of information" of possible attacks but the intelligence was not acted upon
    • A nationwide emergency, which will give police and military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects, will be declared from midnight (18:30 GMT) on Monday

    Read the latest information on the attacks here.

    And for more information on the victims, you can read our piece here.

  2. Trump calls Sri Lanka's PM

    US President Donald Trump

    US President Donald Trump called Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning to express condolences.

    Mr Wickremesinghe reportedly appreciated the president's concern and updated him on the progress of the investigation into the attacks.

    Mr Trump also pledged US support to Sri Lanka in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against global terrorism.

  3. Muslims left nervous and afraid

    The BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan writes from the capital, Colombo:

    Sri Lankans are yet to come to terms with this wave of unprecedented bomb attacks.

    It is believed some Muslim youths were radicalised after clashes between the majority Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims last year in the central district of Kandy.

    There have been videos on social media showing hardline Islamists and Sinhala hardliners promoting hatred after that violence.

    But very few expected such massive attacks a year later. And why were Christians targeted? They are also a minority in Sri Lanka.

    The country experienced suicide attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels during the civil war that ended in 2009.

    But the ruthlessness with which the latest attacks were carried out show that the country's task this time will be challenging.

    It is a different kind of battle. In the meantime, Sri Lankan Muslims are left nervous and afraid.

    Image shows last year's clashes in Kandy district
    Image caption: Kandy in the centre of the country was the focus of clashes last year
  4. British man confirms family killed

    Anita Nicholson and her children Alex, 14, and Annabel, 11
    Image caption: Anita Nicholson and her children Alex, 14, and Annabel, 11, died in the Shangri-La hotel bombing

    A British man has confirmed that his wife and two children, aged 14 and 11, were killed in the attacks.

    "My family and I wish to confirm that my wife Anita, our son Alex (age 14) and our daughter Annabel (age 11) were killed in the bombing of the restaurant of the Shangri-la Hotel, Colombo on Sunday morning while sitting at our table," Ben Nicholson said in a statement.

    "Mercifully, all three of them died instantly and with no pain or suffering."

    Mr Nicholson added that he was "deeply distressed at the loss of my wife and children."

    He described Anita as a "wonderful, perfect loving and inspirational mother" and his two children as "amazing, intelligent, talented and thoughtful".

    "We would ask that the media now respect our privacy and allow us to grieve together," the statement said.

    According to a social media profile, lawyer Anita Nicholson was based in Singapore, working as a managing counsel at mining and metals company Anglo American at the time of her death.

  5. British Royals 'deeply saddened' by attacks

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, have shared a message for the people of Sri Lanka.

    "We have been deeply saddened to learn of the devastating attacks in Sri Lanka this Easter Sunday.

    "Senseless acts like these in places that people would expect to be at their safest are truly horrifying.

    "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, to the Christian community, and to the people of Sri Lanka at this tragic time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers."

  6. Asos billionaire loses three children

    Image shows Anders Holch Povlsen
    Image caption: Anders Holch Povlsen is one of Denmark's richest men

    Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the attacks, a spokesman has told the BBC.

    The family were visiting Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not been made public.

    Mr Holch Povlsen owns the international clothing chain Bestseller.

    He is also the biggest single shareholder in clothing giant Asos and is the UK's largest private landowner, according to the Times newspaper.

    Read more here.

  7. Video: Moment bomb explodes in van

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    Video caption: Sri Lanka: Bomb explodes as police try to defuse it
  8. Indian death toll rises

    More information has emerged about the number of Indian nationals killed in the attacks.

    The death toll has increased from seven to eight. All of the victims were from the southern state of Karnataka, the Indian embassy in Sri Lanka says.

  9. 'Church of miracles' - a symbol of hope

    White bunting is seen in front of St Anthony's as the capital prepares for the funerals of the blast victims
    Image caption: St Anthony's Church in the capital, Colombo

    St Anthony's Church, the site of one of Sunday's most deadly attacks, is more than just a place of worship, writes the BBC's Ayeshea Perera from the scene in Colombo:

    For the first time in its 175-year history, people are being turned away.

    Near its entrance, half hidden by a wall, you can see bits of rubble and shards of glass. The clock on its left tower is frozen at 8.45 - the time the blast took place.

    Among those gathered outside the church is Prabath Buddhika. Although Mr Buddhika is Buddhist by religion, like many others, he is a strong believer in the power of St Anthony.

    Mr Buddhika ran to the church after hearing the explosions. The carnage he saw there could not be described, he says, but people fearlessly came forward from around the area in order to help.

    Read more from Ayeshea here.

    Sri Lankan priests look at the debris of a car after it explodes near St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo
  10. Interpol experts deployed

    Interpol - the International Criminal Police Organisation - says it is sending an Incident Response Team (IRT) to assist with crime scene investigation, the examination of explosives, counter-terrorism and victim identification.

    "If required, additional expertise in digital forensics, biometrics, as well as photo and video analysis will also be added to the team on the ground" the organisation said.

    "The families and friends of the victims of these bombings, as with every terrorist attack, require and deserve the full support of the global law enforcement community," Interpol secretary general Jürgen Stock added.

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  11. Pompeo: 'This is America's fight'

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said America will continue fighting "radical Islamic terror", which he said remained a threat following the attacks in Sri Lanka.

    "Sadly, this evil exists in the world," he told reporters on Monday. "This is America's fight, too."

    Mr Pompeo said that he had spoken to Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the telephone.

    He earlier tweeted to condemn the "brutal" attacks, adding that the US offered its "deepest condolences".

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  12. More on the National Thowheed Jamath

    Officials inspect the damage caused by a bomb at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo
    Image caption: Officials inspect the damage caused by a bomb at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo

    A previously unknown group called the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) is being accused of having carried out the attacks - even though no group has yet admitted the carnage.

    The NTJ is believed to have splintered off from another hardline Islamist group in the country, the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ).

    So who are they? You can read more about the group here.

  13. UK 'worried' about consequences

    The UK's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, has described the attacks as "tragic and traumatic" and said he's spoken with Britons in hospital "who have been affected by today's senseless attacks".

    "We have tremendous sympathy and are sorrowful for their loss. We are extending all the support to all those who are here and back in the UK," he told the BBC.

    "Our appeal is for people to get in touch with their families back home, look at our travel advisory on how to travel safely.

    "We are worried about the potential consequences of yesterday’s attack on the harmony that has been built over years. It’s not impossible that other attacks might happen."

    Earlier on Monday, officials confirmed that eight British citizens had been killed in the attacks.

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  14. Blast as bomb officers attend van

    More on the explosion today near a church in the capital, Colombo, where scores were killed during Easter services on Sunday.

    The blast occurred in a van near St Anthony's Shrine. Bomb disposal experts had been trying to defuse explosives inside the vehicle, which had been used by the attackers.

    A witness told Reuters news agency: "The van exploded when the bomb defusing unit of the STF (Special Task Force) and air force tried to defuse the bomb."

    It is not clear if anybody was injured during the small explosion.

    Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers prepare to defuse a suspected van before it exploded near a church that was attacked yesterday in Colombo
    Image caption: Bomb disposal experts cordon off an area surrounding the van as they prepare to defuse a suspected explosive device
    People who live near the church that was attacked yesterday, leave their houses as the military try to defuse a suspected van before it exploded in Colombo
    Image caption: Residents with homes near the church are told to leave as bomb experts arrive in the area
    Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Image caption: Police clear an area in the capital while bomb squad officers inspect the van
    Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday in Colombo
    Image caption: Bomb disposal officers pictured at the site after the van exploded
  15. What we know so far

    Sri Lanka was rocked by a wave of deadly bombings on Easter Sunday that targeted churches and high-end hotels. Here's the latest:

    • Officials say 290 people were killed and another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks
    • Most of the dead are Sri Lankan nationals, but about 35 people from other countries are believed to have been killed
    • No-one has admitted carrying out the attacks, but the government has blamed a local jihadist group known as the National Thowheed Jamath
    • Police have so far arrested 24 people in a series of raids
    • There was another blast on Monday near a church in the capital, Colombo, as security forces tried to defuse explosives inside a vehicle that was used by the attackers
    • Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said authorities were "aware of information" of possible attacks but the information had not been acted upon
    • A nationwide emergency will be declared from midnight (18:30 GMT) on Monday
    Map showing the locations where the attacks happened
  16. US urges caution

    A soldier stands guard on a street in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo
    Image caption: A soldier stands guard on a street in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo

    The US State Department has issued revised travel advice, urging greater caution for those visiting Sri Lanka.

    "Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka," the department says, adding: "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations... airports, and other public areas."

    Other governments, including Japan and Australia, have also cautioned citizens planning travel to Sri Lanka.

  17. Japan PM offers condolences

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has joined leaders from around the world in sending his condolences to victims of the attacks.

    One Japanese national was among those killed in the Easter Sunday bombings.

    "I would like to offer my prayers for the victims of the attacks, as well as my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and my sympathies to the wounded," he said in a statement.

    "Such an act of terrorism cannot be justified, and Japan firmly condemns it. Japan is firmly committed to combating terrorism in co-operation with Sri Lanka and the international community."