290 Dead + More Than 500 Injured In Sri Lanka Easter Bombings

290 Dead + More Than 500 Injured In Sri Lanka Easter Bombings

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - APRIL 21: Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after an explosion hit St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade on April 21, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. At least 207 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after multiple explosions rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday mass. According to reports, at least 400 people were injured and are undergoing treatment as the blasts took place at churches in Colombo city as well as neighboring towns and hotels, including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand, during the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the civil war ended a decade ago. Christians worldwide celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day on which Jesus Christ is believed to have risen from the dead. (Photo by Stringer/Getty Images)

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The Sri Lankan authorities have declared the island is in a state of emergency and say today will be a national day of mourning.

The country’s government says a small radical Islamist group is responsible for yesterday’s tragedies. The group allegedly had help from a larger international terrorist organization. The Easter Sunday suicide bombings killed close to 300 people and injured more than 500.

Sri Lanka’s government admitted that they failed to act after several warnings were issued at least 10 days before the attack took place. The bombings were a coordinated series of attacks on Christians that struck churches and hotels early yesterday morning.

A spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne issued an apology on behalf of the government saying, “We saw the warnings and we saw the details given. We are very very sorry, as a government we have to say — we have to apologize to the families and the institutions about this incident.” Top government officials say the warning never reached them.

The Sri Lankan says that at least 39 foreigners are among the dead including four Americans. Other countries that have confirmed their citizens were killed are Australia, Britain, China, Japan, and Portugal.

A US official who is directly familiar with the US initial intelligence assessment spoke out saying that the group responsible for the attacks was inspired by ISIS. At this time, no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility. Sri Lankan police have arrested 24 people in connection with the attacks.

CNN was live in Colombo, Sri Lanka:

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