The world woke up Easter Sunday to a series explosions that went off at three hotels and three churches, leaving more than 200 dead and 450 injured in Sri Lanka’s capitol Colombo.
Law enforcement has detained 13 suspects in connection with the bombings, as government officials cautiously state that the “terrorist attack” was carried out by “religious extremists,” and not radical Islamists.
Several U.S. citizens were among the 11 foreigners identified victims of the apparent coordinated terrorist attack.
“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,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in the statement.
President Trump and many members of the U.S. Congress, strongly condemned the attack, including several of Florida’s congressional delegation.
“138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!,” said President Trump
Rep. Ted Deutch (D) described the attack as “devastating,” saying that Americans wer standing with Sri Lanka against this terrorist act.
Sen. Rick Scott (R) called attack an “evil act of terror,” while his colleague in the Senate, Sen.Marco Rubio (R) called it a “cowardly & despicable terror attack.”
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings.