President Trump Responds to Attacks in Sri Lanka
“We stand ready to help,” he tweeted
President Trump and other world leaders have responded to the Easter Sunday morning series of bombing attacks at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. The president cited statistics in his tweet, then added, “The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed “a horrific wave of Islamic radical terror” for the deadly bombings, that killed hundreds, including some U.S. citizens. “What was supposed to be a joyful Easter Sunday was marred by a horrific wave of Islamic radical terror and bloodshed,” he said at a news conference at the State Department.
The death toll now stands at 290, police said on Monday. They added that about 500 people had also been wounded in the attacks. At least 39 foreigners were among the deceased.
Twenty-four people have been arrested, but Sri Lankan officials say the group, which had not carried out any serious attacks before, had received help from an un-named international terrorist organization. Sri Lanka’s security forces had been warned at least 10 days before the bombings that the militant group was planning attacks against churches, but apparently took no action against it.
- About the scourge of violent terrorism aimed at Christians in Sri Lanka.
For President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and others as they stand with the people of Sri Lanka in opposition to terror, regardless of its source.