At least 290 people have now been confirmed killed and 500 injured by a series of eight explosions

The Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has sent his condolences to the victims of Sunday’s suicide bombings. One Japanese citizen died in the attacks.

I would like to offer my prayers for the victims of the attacks, as well as my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and my sympathies to the wounded.

Japan expresses sincere solidarity with Sri Lankan people to overcome this difficult time.

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An update from our south Asia correspondent, who was near the controlled explosion outside a church in Colombo.

There was chaos outside St Anthony’s Church on Monday afternoon after a suspicious package was discovered inside the dense neighbourhood that surrounds the house of worship that was gutted by a bomb on Easter Sunday.

Police have now clarified it was a controlled explosion of a suspicious package found in a van https://t.co/wWfvpYHmeQ

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