On April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was shaken after a series of terrorist attacks on Christian churches and hotels.
The coordinated attacks involved suicide bombers attacking those who were celebrating Easter in their churches, as well as travelers visiting Sri Lanka.
Former President Barack Obama tweeted about the attacks, saying, “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”
2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also chimed in on Twitter, saying, “On this holy weekend for many faiths, we must stand united against hatred and violence. I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”
Sri Lankans weren’t the only ones affected by the bombing, as many of the tourists killed and injured in the attacks were foreigners. These victims include a British mother and her two children, a British firefighter and his wife, three children of a Danish retail billionaire, an education publishing employee from Colorado, and a fifth grader from Washington DC.
So far it is known the attack consisted of six suicide bombers, attacking targets all across the country. Already, 24 others have been arrested in connection to the attacks. In response to the attack, the Sri Lankan government has placed a ban on social media networks, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat.
This tragedy has claimed the lives of 290 Christian worshippers and tourists, with hundreds more injured.