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Mike Pompeo confirms Americans killed in Sri Lanka

April 21, 2019 GMT

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday confirmed that several U.S. citizens were among the over 200 victims of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.

In a statement, Mr. Pompeo said the U.S. Embassy is working to provide assistance to the Americans affected.

“Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, Mr. Pompeo said, “and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.”

Sunday’s bombings on churches and luxury hotels in and around Sri Lanka’s capital marked the deadliest attack the country has seen since a civil war ended 10 years ago.

He explained the U.S. “condemns in the strongest terms” the terror attacks, which he said “are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism.”