Death toll from attack on Churches and hotels continues to rise.
Authorities have now confirmed that over 200 people were killed in the horrific terror attack against Churches and hotels in Sri Lnaka.
The Easter Sunday attacks consisted of eight explosions, including suicide bombers.
Three police officers were killed during a raid going after suspects. That same raid resulted in the arrest of 7 suspects.
A curfew has been imposed in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo. The government also silenced social media in the wake of the attack.
450 people are said to be injured.
At this point, nobody has issued any declaration of responsibility for the terror attack.
Canadian leaders issued statements reacting to the bombings:
“Heartbreaking news out of Sri Lanka this morning. Jill and I extend our deepest sympathies for all victims of these cowardly, hate-fuelled attacks targeting Christians.
As Christians gather around the world today to celebrate Easter, please keep the victims and their families in your prayers.
On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives I condemn this attack on people practicing their religion. People of all faiths must be able to live without fear or persecution.
Canada will always stand up for religious freedom and work to eradicate hatred and violence in all its forms wherever it occurs.”
Heartbreaking news out of Sri Lanka this morning. Jill and I extend our deepest sympathies for all victims of these…
Trudeau issued a statement on the PM website:
“I was shocked and saddened to hear of the devastating terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, which have claimed the lives of more than two hundred people and injured many hundreds more. On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery to those injured.
“Canada strongly condemns these heinous attacks on hotels and Christians at prayer in churches. Places of worship are sacred, where all should feel safe and secure. No one should be targeted because of their faith.
“For millions of people around the world, Easter is a time to reflect on Jesus’ message of compassion and kindness—a time to come together with friends and family. We cannot let attacks like these weaken the hope we share.
“To the people of Sri Lanka and other communities affected by today’s attacks: Canada stands with you. We will continue to work with you and other international partners to combat terrorism and violent extremism and to promote greater peace and stability around the world.
“To date, we have no reports of any Canadian citizens being affected. Due to the current situation, our High Commission in Colombo will be closed on April 22. However, Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 613 996 8885.”
Jagmeet Singh issued a statement on Twitter:
“Horrific news out of Sri Lanka with terror attacks targeting Christians in a church and hotel on Easter Sunday. My thoughts are with the hundreds of families who lost loved ones – and with the Christian community in Sri Lanka and around the world.”
Horrific news out of Sri Lanka with terror attacks targeting Christians in a church and hotel on Easter Sunday. My thoughts are with the hundreds of families who lost loved ones – and with the Christian community in Sri Lanka and around the world.
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) April 21, 2019
The attack took the lives of U.S. Citizens, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the following statement:
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.
The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured. 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 tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.
These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism. We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they confront violent extremism and have offered our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The terror attacks against Christians is a sad and stark reminder that Christianity remains the most oppressed faith on earth, as millions of Christians around the world face immense danger simply for practicing their faith.
The terrorists must be brought to justice and face the ultimate punishment for these horrendous acts.
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