Sri Lanka bombings: Ramaphosa sends condolences

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21.

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JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to the people of Sri Lanka.  

This as the death toll in a series of church and hotel bombings has risen to at least 290.

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More than 500 people were injured in the blasts.


 

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21.

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St.

Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Explosions have hit three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, police said on April 21.

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Many of the victims were attending Easter mass services. 

It's reported that seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a raid on a house in Colombo.

READ: Sri Lanka police chief warned of suicide attack threat before blasts

The country's President, Maithripala Sirisena, has condemned the violence calling for strong action against those responsible. 

Schools will remain closed until Wednesday. 

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