At least 20 killed, 280 injured in Colombo Easter Sunday blasts

Police said the blasts hit churches in the north of the capital and in the town of Negombo just outside Colombo

25 killed, 200 injured as explosions hit Sri Lankan churches and hotels on Easter Sunday

"Suspect we'd be hearing a lot more outrage from Trump and co. if the Christians killed in Sri Lanka were white", Miriam Elder tweeted with a link to BuzzFeed News. "We will assist Sri Lanka in bringing swift justice to those responsible and never relent in the fight against global terrorism". May God help us all. really.

Two Sri Lankan churches and two hotels were hit by explosions on Easter Sunday, wounding several people, police sources said.

"Thoughts are with the victims and their relatives".

In a statement around noon USA eastern time, Pompeo said: "While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several United States citizens were among those killed".

Sri Lankan officials have reported that nine foreigners were among the fatalities.

Christians in Sri Lanka had been celebrating the Easter Sunday, an important festival marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the culmination of week-long festivities.

There are now 115 Kiwis registered as being in Sri Lanka, said a spokesperson for New Zealand's Minsitry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

At least 45 people were killed in the Colombo attacks.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the "devastating" attacks, and referred to the March 15 shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch in which 50 died. The 483-room hotel is in the bustling business district of Colombo, near the sea and the prime minister's official residence.

"New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely".

The statement, which was posted on Facebook, roughly translates as: "The President says that he will expect all the people's support for the explosions in this situation".

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the injured were being evacuated while security forces have cordoned off the areas and search operations are underway. Two separate blasts took place in the afternoon, claiming five more lives, including that of three police personnel.

"Egypt voices confidence in Sri Lanka's ability to overcome this crisis", the statement added.

"We strongly condemn these heinous acts".

"People are now quite nervous of potential attacks that may happen later tonight and I guess a bit relieved that there's a curfew now so people will stay indoors". "This is an assault on all of humanity", Erdogan said on his Twitter.

The Turkish leader called for "a decisive fight against

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