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Presidential candidates offer condolences following deadly Sri Lanka attacks


Added 04-21-19 03:59:02pm EST - “More than 200 people have been killed and at least 450 have been injured following a series of coordinated explosions.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Presidential candidates offer condolences following deadly Sri Lanka attacks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Several 2020 presidential candidates expressed condolences Sunday following a series of horrific attacks on churches, hotels, and other tourist sites in Sri Lanka.

“The Apostle Paul wrote, ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep,'” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) tweeted early Sunday morning. “On a day meant for celebration, so many families in Sri Lanka are devastated, and my heart breaks along with theirs. There’s absolutely no justification for this.”

The attacks, which took place just before 9 a.m. local time, left more than 200 people dead and at least 450 others injured. Worshippers attending Easter services at churches in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa were among the victims. According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “several U.S. citizens” were included in the list of fatalities.

The attacks targeted the region’s minority Christian population, as well as guests staying in several luxury hotels.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) sent prayers to the victims and their families Sunday morning. “Easter is a reminder that there is hope and rebirth even in the darkest of times. We must remember that today, more than ever,” she tweeted. “I am horrified by the attacks in Sri Lanka, where so many families were celebrating such a joyous day. Praying for the victims and their loved ones.”

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