The world is on fire. No, seriously.
The deadly attacks targeted Christians around the country in luxury hotels and churches. They were the most devastating acts of violence since the end of its civil war about 10 years ago.
Update: the death toll was revised by Sri Lankan authorities.
Sri Lanka revises down death toll from Sunday's blasts by more than 100, to "about 253", health ministry says https://t.co/zXVjo61Gzq
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 25, 2019
One of the children killed in the bombings was a student at Sidwell Friends, the elite school in Washington, D.C. Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa was a fifth grader.
De Zoysa was on a leave of absence from the school for the year. He was living and studying in Sri Lanka.
In a letter, school principal Mamadou Guèye said de Zoysa was “passionate about learning, he adored his friends, and he was incredibly excited about returning to Sidwell Friends this coming school year.”
Another victim was an 11-year-old boy, whose father spoke to The Los Angeles Times’ Shashank Bengali.
— Up First (@UpFirst) April 23, 2019
Read more about the victims here.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, although The New York Times reports that “the group’s wording did not make clear whether it had direct ties to the bombers, or if the attackers were heeding the Islamic State’s calls for Muslims to attack in their home countries.”
And an official from the Sri Lankan government said that the attacks were planned in retaliation for the recent attacks at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
We break down the latest on what we know about these attacks and answer your questions.
See what some of our listeners contributed during our show with this thread:
A daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants wrote to us: “I would like people to know that they should not be afraid to visit Sri Lanka. The nation is amazing,” she told us.
— 1A (@1a) April 24, 2019
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