300 people have been killed after several bombings took place in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan government is investigating the tragic incident as a possible connection to terrorism. According to Vox, one group has already been identified as the alleged culprits behind the attack. The organization’s name is the National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a group of Islamist terrorists. There are reportedly 290 people dead, and at least 500 others injured.
Apparently, the attacks took place between several locations. A few places designated for religious practice are among the targeted locations. They were St. Anthony’s Shrine, St. Sebastian’s Church, and a Zion Church, in the eastern city of Batticaloa. The attacks also include the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the Shangri-La Hotel, and the Kingsbury Hotel. The explosions went off around 8:45 am local time, as people were either celebrating Easter Mass or dining. Officials speculate that the org used suicide bombers to execute the mission.
Since the attack, many world leaders have spoken out against the violence. The former President of the United States, Barack Obama, and current President, Donald Trump, offered their words of sympathy and support. As well as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 21, 2019
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) April 21, 2019
Currently, a ban on social media is in effect across the country, as investigations continue. So far 24 people have been arrested.
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