Every human life is precious and sacred. Killing one is like triggering a genocide. (Al Quran 5:32/33)
By Euan McKirdy, Sheena McKenzie and Harmeet Kaur, CNN
The first wave of attacks in Sri Lanka struck at the heart of the country’s minority Christian community during busy Easter services at churches in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa on Sunday morning.
This photo taken at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo is a snapshot of the horror that many experienced during this holy weekend. Blood stains are splattered across the walls and on a statue of Jesus Christ.
People from at least eight countries were killed in the series of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, including:
5 British citizens, including 2 US-UK dual citizens
2 Turkish citizens
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that several US citizens were among those killed, though he did not say how many.
In addition, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a statement earlier that nine foreign nationals were reported missing and that 25 unidentified bodies at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary were believed to be foreigners.
At least 207 people have been killed and hundreds more are injured.