Little-known Islamist group NTJ accused in Sri Lanka blasts

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The two Australians killed in the Sri Lankan Easter Sunday bombings have been identified as a mother and daughter who had been living in the country for several years.

The death toll from attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka rose significantly to 290, and about 500 people were also wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said on Monday. The Associated Press has reported 138 people were killed in the blasts.

Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine.

St. Sebastian's church, which was among the target, posted pictures showing destructions and bloodshed after the blast on its Facebook Page and urged people to help.

"I$3 strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday it was too early to say whether more Australians could be among those who have been hurt and killed.

Soon after the initial reports, four other blasts were confirmed by the police. The blasts were reported from - Kochikade Church, Katuwapitiya Church, Shangri La hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Kingsbury hotel, and a church in Batticaloa.

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Nearly simultaneously, suicide bombers also killed themselves amid Easter crowds in three luxury hotels in the heart of Colombo: Cinnamon Grand, near the official residence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, The Shangri La and Kingsbury Hotel, raining death and destruction.

An island wide curfew has been declared by the Ministry of Defence, in place immediately.

Team India vice-captain Rohit Sharma joined in saying: "Thoughts and prayers with Sri Lanka".

A police spokesperson said 104 were killed in Negombo, 68 were killed in Colombo, 28 died in Batticaloa, and seven died in Ragama.

No group has yet claimed direct responsibility yet.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to appoint a special committee to investigate the bombings.

"My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren".