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(CNSNews.com) – Sri Lanka police declared an overnight curfew after Easter Sunday’s deadly bombing spree targeting churches and five-star hotels, and the country’s prime minister confirmed that authorities had received prior warning about the possibility of a terrorist attack.
At least 207 people were killed in the coordinated blasts – some of them carried out by suicide bombers. Most victims were Sri Lankans but several dozen foreigners also died, according to officials quoted in local media.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that “several U.S. citizens” are among the dead. Other nations whose nationals were killed, according to government institutions, include Britain, Portugal, Turkey, the Netherlands, and China.
“These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism,” Pompeo said in a statement.
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“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.”
More than 450 people were injured in the eight explosions, most of which occurred in Colombo, the capital and largest city of the Indian Ocean island nation.
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A possible ninth blast was averted when a pipe bomb hidden in a bag near the main international airport was found and destroyed by air force personnel.
According to South Asia terrorism monitors, this was the first terrorist attack in Sri Lanka since the country emerged from a long and deadly civil war in 2009 between the majority ethnic Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the predominantly Hindu Tamil ethnic minority.
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Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene described the perpetrators as religious extremists – without identifying the religion – and said most of the explosions were caused by suicide bombers.
Self-evidently, Christians and tourists were the intended victims of the terrorists, who struck on the most significant day of the Christian calendar.
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