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Sri Lanka attacks: Bomber studied in UK and Australia

Authorities have confirmed one of the attackers involved in the Sri Lanka explosions was found to have studied in the UK and Australia before returning to Sri Lanka.

“We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later did his postgraduate [studies] in Australia before coming back and settling in Sri Lanka,” said Ruwan Wijewardene, the state minister for defence.

“This group of suicide bombers, most of them are well-educated and come from middle or upper-middle class, so they are financially quite independent and their families are quite stable financially, that is a worrying factor in this."

Police are on high alert across the country, as they warn there could be more attacks to come. An explosion was set off earlier this morning in South Colombo, however it was a controlled explosion contained to one motorcycle. No one was injured.

The death toll from the Sri Lanka attacks has risen to 359 people, with over 500 people injured.

100 people have been arrested in connection with the bombings, and police have confirmed the identities of eight of the nine suicide bombers.

ISIS have claimed responsibility, however authorities have named Islamist group National Thowfeek Jamaath as the main group behind the attacks.

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