Sri Lanka raised the official death toll from Sunday's coordinated bombings at churches and luxury hotels to 321 dead and 500 wounded on Tuesday, and Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene gave a possible motive for the attack. "The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch," New Zealand, he told Sri Lanka's Parliament. A 28-year-old Australian white supremacist has been charged with murdering 50 people in two mosques during Friday prayer services on March 15. Sunday's suicide bombings in Sri Lanka struck three Christian churches during Easter services and three hotels almost simultaneously. At least 40 people have been arrested. On Tuesday the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
need to know now