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WorldPompeo says 'vile attacks' in Sri Lanka killed several American citizens

20:55  21 april  2019
20:55  21 april  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

207 dead, including several Americans, after explosions across Sri Lanka on Easter

207 dead, including several Americans, after explosions across Sri Lanka on Easter The country is one of the most often attacked by terrorists.

Thirty-six foreigners were thought to be among those killed in attacks that left nearly 300 people dead and 500 injured.

Several Americans were among the more than 200 people killed Sunday in a series of bombings of hotels and churches in Sri Lanka , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says . “While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed

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Several U.S. citizens were killed by the bombs that ripped through churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, according to the State Department.

The attacks, some of which appear to be suicide bombings, targeted three luxury hotels and three churches just outside of Sri Lanka’s capital. The explosions mark the worst violence in the country since the end of its protracted civil war a decade ago.

Deadly attacks in Sri Lanka tap into global anxiety about Christian-Muslim violence

Deadly attacks in Sri Lanka tap into global anxiety about Christian-Muslim violence The attack in a place such as Sri Lanka stokes fears everywhere, including the United States.

The United States says that " several " American citizens have been killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka . More than 200 people have died in a series of blasts against churches and hotels that the Sri Lankan government is blaming on religious extremists. And U.S. Secretary of State

* * * update: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in a statement hours after the string of at least 8 coordinated bombing attacks as Easter services were underway that " several " Americans have been killed , though without giving specifics. Local authorities have said further that 5 British nationals

Sri Lankan police have raised the death toll to at least 207, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Sunday that “several” U.S. citizens were among those killed in the attacks.

“The U.S. embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families,” Pompeo said. “These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the U.S. “condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that have claimed so many precious lives on this Easter Sunday.”

“We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts,” she said.

Victims of Sri Lanka Attacks: Who They Were

Victims of Sri Lanka Attacks: Who They Were As Sri Lankans began mass burials on a national day of mourning on Tuesday, the true toll of Sunday’s attacks started to come into focus. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Family members, government officials and news reports have offered the first glimpses of the people who lost their lives, including mothers, fathers, workers, honeymooners and children. The number of dead was at least 321 on Tuesday, the vast majority Sri Lankans.

Several United States citizens are among those who were killed Sunday in a series of bombings in Sri Lanka , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several U.S. citizens were among those killed . The U.S. Embassy is working

US citizens killed in Sri Lanka Easter attacks , secretary of State Pompeo says , blames More than 200 people were killed and 450 injured in a series of bomb blasts that hit churches and hotels in Sri Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that several U.S. citizens were among those killed in

Before the death toll rose to above 200, President Trump tweeted support for Sri Lanka after the attacks. “138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels," he said. "The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!”

Although no perpetrator has been named, Sri Lanka’s minority Christian population was targeted on the most sacred day of the year for Christians. The Christian population in Sri Lanka is a little more than 7% of the population, the vast majority of whom are Catholic.

Three police officers were killed by two explosions when they raided a house following the attacks seeking to question people inside about the bombings, according to police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara.

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Among the high-profile figures to speak out about the attacks was former President Barack Obama. “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka," he tweeted.

As night falls in Sri Lanka, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said all evening Easter services have been canceled for churches across the country.

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