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- People from around the world paid their respects to the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings.
- The attacks at churches and luxury hotels shook the region on Easter Sunday, killing more than 300 people.
- The coordinated attacks were linked to a local militant group.
- Sri Lankan police have arrested dozens of suspects in connection with the blasts.
People from around the world paid their respects to the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings, which killed more than 300 people and injured hundreds of others.
A series of bombings erupted across Sri Lanka on Sunday, targeting luxury hotels and churches during the Easter holiday. Churches in Kochchikade, Negombo, Batticaloa, and Katuwapitiya were targeted, along with several of the capital’s most expensive hotels: The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury.
The coordinated attacks were linked to a local militant group, and were the worst the country has seen since the end of its civil war a decade ago. Sri Lankan police have arrested dozens of suspects in connection with the blasts, The New York Times reported.
The US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Pope Francis offered messages of support as thousands of people around the world gathered to pay their respects.
Here’s how people around the world paid tribute to the victims:
On Tuesday, Sri Lanka observed a nationwide three minutes of silence to honor victims of the attacks.
The silence began at 8:30 a.m., local time.
The first memorial services for the victims are expected to take place on Tuesday, The Guardian reports.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark in solidarity with Sri Lanka early Monday morning.
At least one person from France was killed in the attacks, according to Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry.
Traders at the New York Stock Exchange paused for a moment of silence before the opening bell on Monday.
The New York Stock Exchange posted a live video of the moment of silence to its Facebook page.
The US State Department confirmed several of the bombing victims were American and added it was "working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families."
Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said Monday that two people holding US passports were killed.
Additionally, it said 14 foreign nationals were unaccounted for and could be among the unidentified victims. Seventeen other foreign nationals were receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in Colombo.
Forty-year-old Denver resident Dieter Kowalski, who had just arrived in Sri Lanka on a business trip, was confirmed to have been killed in the blast.
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