People attending Easter services in churches in Kochchikade, Negombo, and Batticaloa were targeted during the attacks. Another bomb attack was reported in Katuwapitiya, where 50 people were killed in St. Sebastian's Church. Later attacks were also reported in the cities of Dematagoda, Colombo, and Dehiwala.AdvertisementThe three hotels targeted in the attacks were The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand, and Kingsbury, all of which are stationed in Sri Lanka's capital city.
World leaders including US President Donald Trump, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Pope Francis have spoken out in solidarity with Sri Lankans and the Christian communities targeted during the attacks.
As the bomb attacks unfolded, Sri Lanka's Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Harsha de Silva shared his firsthand look at the aftermath, noting that emergency crews were responding "in full force."
US President Donald Trump said the United States sends its "heartfelt condolences" and stands by ready to help.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the attacks were "absolutely horrific" and "heinous."
Pope Francis condemned the attacks during his Easter Sunday speech in Rome, Italy. He offered “heartfelt closeness to the Christian community, attacked while gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such a cruel act of violence.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also offered his condolences and called for state police to increase security measures at places of worship.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country "stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief."
Nancy Pelosi called the attacks "heartbreaking."
"This is so devastating," journalist Katie Couric wrote on Twitter.
Former US President Barack Obama said the events in Sri Lanka are "an attack on humanity."
US Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she was "heartsick" for the victims of the attacks.