Americans confirmed to be among dead in Sri Lanka Easter bombings


Several US citizens were among the at least 207 people killed in a series of devastating blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Two Americans — both dual citizens of the US and UK — were among 11 foreign nationals that Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry confirmed were dead.

US Secretary of State Pompeo later sent out a statement saying, “While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed.”
The other dead foreigners include three people from Indian, one from Portugal, two from Turkey and three from Britain.

Officials say all of the foreigners died in the three hotels that were targeted along with three churches and a guesthouse. At least 450 people were also injured.

Local TV chef Shantha Mayadume and her daughter Nisanga Mayadume were the first named victims, according to The Sun.

Nisanga — a student in London — had just posted a photo of her family having breakfast at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in the country’s capital of Colombo just before it was targeted.