An attack on three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has left 290 people dead and many others injured as a result of six targeted explosions. At the time of this writing, 24 people have been arrested in connection with jihadist group National Thowheed Jamath, which has been blamed for the attack.
“This is a very sad moment, this is a very cowardly attack” said Rosy Senanayake, mayor of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. “It’s a very gruesome attack on humanity at a time when people would be worshiping God on Easter Sunday.”
At least two victims have been confirmed as US citizens, including a fifth grader from Washington, D.C. and an education publishing employee from Colorado.
New evidence suggests the Sri Lankan government had been warned at least ten days prior that an attack from the group was likely, though nothing was done to prevent an attack. To mitigate the spread of inaccurate information, the Sri Lankan government blocked some services like WhatsApp and Facebook.
The investigation into the attacks is just beginning, and global agencies, including the FBI and Interpol, have agreed to help the Sri Lankan government in its efforts.