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Summary

  1. Eight blasts hit locations including churches and hotels across Sri Lanka, leaving at least 290 people dead and 500 injured
  2. Congregations were taking part in Easter Sunday services at the churches when the blasts hit
  3. The five-star Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the heart of Colombo were targeted
  4. A local group named as National Thowheed Jamath are believed to be behind the attack
  5. Officials say 24 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks

Live Reporting

By Gareth Evans and Mal Siret

All times stated are UK

  1. Police dispel rumours over poison

    Police have dismissed a rumour spreading online that poison had been mixed into the water supply in Kelaniya, Kiribathgoda and Ja-Ela, saying it is completely false.

    The BBC's Azzam Ammeen tweets:

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  2. 'We don't have anger'

    Venerable Prof Pitigala Vijitha Thero

    Venerable Prof Pitigala Vijitha Thero was outside St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo. He told the BBC he was "extremely saddened and grieved".

    "Since the war, people belonging to all religions and faiths had been co-existing and living together in unity and harmony. This is not something that anyone could have anticipated."

    He said he condemned the attacks, but "we don’t have any anger or ill will towards anyone of any other religion".

    "I pray that peace prevails - not only in this country, but in the whole world," he added.

  3. 'Dreadful, disgusting, absolutely unspeakable acts of violence'

    Nirj Deva, a British Member of the European Parliament (MEP), has told the BBC he narrowly missed the attack at the Kingsbury hotel, where he is a director.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "Had I arrived earlier as scheduled I would have been part of that carnage.

    "They had used disgusting, barbaric bombs so lots of people had suffered very serious injury.

    "It's been dreadful, disgusting, absolutely unspeakable acts of violence against innocent people.

    "Why this island, which has gone through its own problems the last 40 years and just found itself peaceful and reconciling itself?"

  4. New curfew

    A curfew will be imposed from 20:00 on Monday to 04:00 on Tuesday as a precautionary measure, the government announces.

  5. Family members wait to identify victims

    These people have gathered outside the St Anthony's church in Kochchikade, Colombo. They have the terrible task of looking through images of the victims, taken at the police mortuary, to try to identify loved ones.

    Relatives look at images of victims in Colombo
  6. Analysis from scene indicates suicide attacks, says official

    The Associated Press has spoken to a Sri Lankan government forensic crime analyst, Ariyananda Welianga, who says analysis from the scene of the hotel and church attacks show they were carried out by suicide bombers. The investigators have been studying retrieved body parts.

    The six attacks, he says, were perpetrated by seven attackers.

    The two other explosions are still being investigated.

  7. Asos tycoon's children killed in attacks

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

    They were visiting Sri Lanka for the Easter holiday. The names and ages are not yet public.

    Mr Povlsen, 46, owns the Bestseller clothing chain and is clothing giant Asos's largest shareholder.

  8. Blown-out windows at the Kingsbury hotel

    Security officials drive past the Kingsbury, one of three luxury hotels targeted, with its blown-out windows still lying on the street.

    Security officials drive past the Kingsbury, Colombo
  9. The effort to restrain speculation

    Analysis from the BBC's Asia online editor, Samanthi Dissanayake:

    Politicians in Sri Lanka are at pains to restrain speculation about who could be behind these events, and are urging people to limit any information to the evidence released by official sources. Every statement is a message to the country to focus on mourning the tragedy and not turn to blame.

    For many Sri Lankans the attacks will be a shocking flashback to the decades of violence during the civil war. Ethnic Tamil separatists were pitted against government forces - both sides were accused of brutality and human rights violations. But many people will have never experienced the scale of co-ordination unleashed in just a few hours and right across the country on Sunday.

    Sri Lanka was due to mark a decade since the end of that war next month. In that decade, some of the most notable communal violence in Sri Lanka has been against the Muslim minority. Last March anti-Muslim riots took root in cities and it only ended after a state of emergency was declared.

    The government said it restricted social media in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's attacks, and the repeated calls to ensure peace and stability are clearly aimed at trying to stem any discord that could arise as emotions run high.

  10. Two Sri Lankan-Australian women injured - PM

    Australia's PM Scott Morrison adds that a further two women, both with dual Sri Lankan-Australian citizenship, were injured, but are in a stable condition.

    One was treated for shrapnel wounds, the other for a broken leg, he tells reporters.

    The women are receiving consular support, says Mr Morrison, without giving further information.

  11. Two Australians confirmed killed - PM

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says two Australians have been confirmed killed in the attacks.They were members of the same family, he says, who were living in Sri Lanka.

    There are no further details.

  12. Woken by the force of the blast

    Peter Michael Fernando lives close to St Anthony's church in Colombo. He was asleep when the bomb went off and said his bed vibrated with the ferocity of the blast.

    He told the BBC's Ayeshea Perera he can never un-see what he saw inside the church, including the bodies of children. It’s in his blood now, he says.

    Peter Michael Fernando
  13. Map of the attacks around Sri Lanka

    This map shows the extent of Sunday's co-ordinated attacks in Sri Lanka.

    Three churches were bombed almost simultaneously as they were hosting Easter services. They were the St Anthony shrine in Colombo, St Sebastian's church in Negombo and in Batticaloa, the Zion church.

    Three luxury hotels in Colombo - the Cinnamon Grand, the Kingsbury and the Shangri-La. There was also an explosion close to the Deliwala zoo to the south of the capital, and in a residential district.

    Police say they also dismantled a "homemade" device on the road to Colombo's main airport.

    Map showing location of attacks around Sri Lanka
  14. Images from inside bombed church

    New images have emerged of the inside of the bombed St Sebastian's church in Negombo. Investigators are picking through the debris looking for evidence to piece together what happened there on Sunday, when the bomb went off.

    Investigators inside St Sebastian church, Negombo
    Image caption: Shrapnel-marked walls and roof tiles can clearly be seen as investigators stand amid debris.
    Personal belongings inside the church
    Image caption: Personal belongings left lying on the ground are carefully labelled.
    Police officer inspect damage to a statue of Jesus
    Image caption: Police officer inspect damage to a statue of Jesus on the altar.
    Torn up floor and pews in the church
    Image caption: The blast appears to have wrenched pews from the ground and torn up the church floor.
  15. 'Church clock stopped at time of blast'

    The BBC's Ayeshea Perera is at St Anthony's church in Colombo - the site of the first blast. Church officials told her the clock on the tower stopped from the force of the blast at the exact time of the attack 08:45.

    St Anthony's church in Colombo
  16. What we know so far

    If you're just joining, this is our live coverage of the aftermath of devastating attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

    Many details are still emerging, as the authorities appeal for calm and patience from a country in shock.

    Here is what we know so far:

    • Three churches were attacked, in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa - they were all packed with Christians celebrating Easter Day
    • Three luxury hotels the capital were also hit
    • At least 290 people, including many foreigners, are now confirmed to have died - that figure leaped up early on Monday morning
    • More than 500 people were injured
    • Police have 24 people in custody, but no group has said it carried out the attacks
    • Government ministries are holding emergency meetings
    • Officials will be investigating whether intelligence reports of pending attacks were missed.
  17. Four killed while serving breakfast

    Four Sri Lankan staff members who were working at the Taprobane restaurant in the Cinammon Grand died in the attacks, a hotel spokesman confirmed.

    "It was a busy morning. It's Sunday morning during buffet breakfast so it's one of our busiest periods," the spokesman told the BBC.

    "They were servers at the restaurant. One of them was working at the live food stations making hoppers [a Sri Lankan pancake]."

    They have been identified only as Shantha, Sanjeeewani, Ibrahim and Nisthar.

  18. US warns of potential for more attacks

    The US State Department has issued a new cautionary note for travel to Sri Lanka, saying: "Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks."

    It warns that "terrorists may attack with little or no warning" and target tourist locations, transport and other public areas.