Moment’s ago, the US State Dept raised its threat level for Sri Lanka. They advise that Terrorists could attack again. This comes after the Easter Sunday bombings which were inflicted on crowded churches and hotels that left almost 300 people killed.
“Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.”
On April 21, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo roundly condemned the bombings.
The State Department also commissioned the following statement in response to the Easter Sunday bombings.
Reprinted in full:
“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.”
Using BBC and other sources, this is what we can say we know about the attack and its aftermath so far:
- At least five British citizens – including two with joint U.S. citizenship
- Three Danish citizens
- One Portuguese citizen and six Indian nationals
- Two engineers from Turkey, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu
- Two Chinese nationals, according to the China Daily
- Two Australians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said
- One person from the Netherlands
- One person from Japan, according to Japanese media citing government sources
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