They found 75 bomb detonators in a dump
It's a bleak Monday, friends: As new revelations came on Sunday's bombings in Sri Lanka, the world reflected on Earth Day and the planet's uncertain future. It's Josh Hafner and Kirk Bado of USA TODAY with Monday's top news
But first, pull over: A man pretending to be a cop was arrested after he pulled over a real detective, police say.
They found 75 bomb detonators in a dump
A Muslim militant group is blamed for suicide bombings that rippled across Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing 290 people including some Americans at Easter church services and elsewhere. The local group, National Thowfeek Jamaath, supplied all seven bombers for the attacks, government officials said Monday. Police found more bombs, too, inside a van that exploded Monday (without injuries) after police tried to defuse them. At least 24 people were in custody for questioning in the attacks. Sri Lankan officials said there were indications that an attack would occur, and warnings were issued as early as April 4.
Dieter Kowalski, 40, of Colorado was among at least four Americans killed in the bombings, his employer confirmed. Sri Lanka, an island nation off India of 22.5 million people, is home to several factions that have jostled for power.
What else we know:
- A Danish billionaire lost three of his four children in the attacks.
- Officials say they found 75 bomb detonators in a garbage dump outside Colombo, one of the attacked cities.
- Authorities blocked most social media after the attacks, possibly fearing inflammatory content could provoke more violence.
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