Death toll rises to 290, including 4 Americans, in Sri Lanka attacks

At least four Americans are among the people killed in the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, including a Colorado man who's believed to have stayed at one of the hotels that was bombed.

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2019, 2:34 PM

Updated 1,862 days ago

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At least four Americans are among the people killed in the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, including a Colorado man who's believed to have stayed at one of the hotels that was bombed.
The latest death toll is at 290 and that number is expected to go up.
No group has claimed responsibility, but an official told CNN the attacks were inspired by ISIS.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says radical Islamic terrorism remains a threat and that "we are continuing to do real work against these evil human beings that went into places of worship on Easter Sunday."
A cabinet spokesperson admitted to intelligence failure this morning.
They say on April 4, the government received a warning from the International Intelligence Agency, saying suicide bombers and attacks would happen in various places of Sri Lanka.
According to officials, there were seven suicide bombers, and they've arrested 24 people.

There's been a nationwide block on social media as well as a curfew enforced from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Six explosions were carried out by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday at three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo, followed by three more explosives on the outskirts hours later that killed three police officers who were carrying out a raid on suspects.
Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency that begins midnight Monday until Tuesday.
Tuesday will be a national day of mourning.


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