207+ dead in church and hotel bombings across Sri Lanka
Coordinated explosions across Sri Lanka leave victims from at least 8 countries dead during holy weekend
(CNN)At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in a series of bomb blasts that hit luxury hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, leaving the entire country in a state of lock-down.
The first wave of attacks struck at the heart of the country’s minority Christian community during busy Easter services at churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa on Sunday morning.
Additional blasts ripped through three high-end hotels, the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury, all in capital city Colombo.
Mike Pence calls the blasts ‘an attack on Christianity’
US Vice President Mike Pence called the attacks in Sri Lanka “an attack on Christianity & religious freedom everywhere,” and said that he and President Donald Trump were monitoring the situation.
.@POTUS and I are monitoring the horrific attacks on those celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. Our hearts & prayers are with the victims & their families. This atrocity is an attack on Christianity & religious freedom everywhere. No one should ever be in fear in a house of worship.
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) April 21, 2019