Mourners in Sri Lanka on Tuesday began mass burials of the victims of suicide bombings at three churches during Easter Sunday services, and at three hotels. The death toll from the coordinated attacks rose to more than 350 people on Tuesday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility and released images purportedly showing the attackers' leader. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said investigators had not yet determined what foreign links the bombers had. Authorities have blamed the attacks on the little-known homegrown Islamist extremist group National Towheed Jamaar, and one Sri Lankan leader said the bombings were meant as retaliation for the recent shooting spree at two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques.
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