After Sri Lanka bombings, security heightened at New York cathedral and annual Easter parade

At least 290 people are dead and more than 500 injured in a devastating terror attack bombing hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

While there was no claim of responsibility at this time, investigators said seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks, while a government spokesman said Islamist militants with foreign ties were involved in the bombings.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called for those behind the deadly attacks in Sri Lanka to be brought to justice, saying “This is America’s fight too.”

“What was supposed to be a joyful Easter Sunday was marred by a horrific wave of Islamic radical terror, bloodshed…We mourn the loved ones of the victims, some of whom we can confirm were indeed U.S. citizens… Our embassy and other parts of this government are offering all possible assistance to Americans and the Sri Lankan government alike.”

Meanwhile, in New York City’s annual Easter parade on Sunday – the Sri Lanka terror attack prompted the NYPD to increase security around St. Patrick’s cathedral, and blocked the entryways to the parade with heavy trucks and police vehicles.

New York city’s heightened security also came just days after a man was arrested last Wednesday for bringing gas cans into St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The incident occurred just 2 days after a massive fire that severely damaged the historic Notre Dame Catholic cathedral in Paris.

New Yorkers say they feel safe especially with the increased presence of NYPD officers all over Manhattan.

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  • Mario
    24 April 2019 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Sri Lanka Government received the bombing threat 10 days before. Due to lack of leadership they just ignore it.