The bombings occurred during church services or while Easter brunch was being served at the hotels.
Officials will look into possible intelligence failures, the government said, amid reports that security services ignored warnings of an imminent attack against churches.
On Monday, Interpol announced it would deploy a special team to Sri Lanka to investigate the waves of deadly bombings. Three of the hotels and one church in particular, St. Anthony's Shrine, were popular tourist sites.
An improvised explosive device - a 6ft-long [1.8m] plastic pipe packed with explosives - was also found and defused near the airport in Colombo.
Police then carried out raids on two addresses and there were explosions at both. There have been attacks in several South, Southeast and East Asian nations.
"Guests who had come for breakfast were lying on the floor, blood all over", an employee at Kingsbury Hotel, one of those targeted, told Reuters. So far, 24 people have been taken into custody, in relation to the attacks. While some networks-including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram-have been temporarily blocked in Sri Lanka by the government because of "false news reports", the shutdown has not affected Twitter, so we recommend following the State Department's account for any important updates.
"It's really an extension of you hit one, you hit us all", said Anandasangaree.
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Wickremesinghe, who returned to power in December after president Maithripala Sirisena fired him past year amid government infighting, said authorities had received warnings but "not enough attention had been paid" to them.
An intelligence note detailing the names, targets and whereabouts of possible attackers was circulated in parts of the government but is understood not to have reached the cabinet nor the prime minister.
He said the school would speak to children Tuesday and discouraged parents from letting children discuss their classmate's death over social media or through group chat, fearing it can "sensationalize something very serious and personal". "Thereafter, National Intelligence Chief Sisira Mendis, on behalf of the Defence Secretary, had informed the Inspector General Police (IGP) about the imminent attacks".
National Thowheed Jamath has been named by a government spokesman as the main suspect.
As Sri Lanka continues to treat the wounded, questions are being raised - including by prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe - about why Sri Lanka didn't act more promptly on warnings ahead of the Easter attacks. Sri Lanka's Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne also said Monday that the series of deadly explosions that took place across the country was organised by the local group National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) and that the attacks had been carried out with help of a vast global network.
The government has declared a full day of national mourning on Tuesday, with flags at all government institutions lowered to half mast, liquor shops ordered shut and radio stations and television channels expected to play sombre music. Sri Lankan authorities should ensure that any interference with the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas, is for a legitimate reason and is proportionate, Human Rights Watch said.