Easter Sunday Terror Attack

Colombo, Sri Lanka has suffered the worst terror attack since 9/11. More than 200 people killed and more than 500 have been wounded in a coordinated attack on three churches and four hotels.

Americans, Chinese, British, Portuguese and Indians were among the casualties.

World leaders have been quick to condemn the attacks. Prime Minister Teresa May stated, "The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling…"We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practice their faith in fear."

Still dealing with the attacks in her own country, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, stated, "New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely."

President of the United States, Donald Trump, also issued a statement on Twitter.

According to some reports, the Sri Lankian government was notified of possible attacks. Ranil Wickremesinghe , the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, issued a statement staying “Ministerial Security Division (MSD) officers had been warned by their Division on two suspected suicide bombers in Colombo targeting politician”.

Wickremesinghe also stated, “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.”

A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country. The internet blackout will effect such sites as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google, WhatsApp and Instagram. This is being done to limit false information and to ease rising tensions. No word on when the internet will resume fully.

Along with a social media block, a nationwide curfew has also been imposed.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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