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Pompeo remembers Sri Lanka Easter Sunday attacks, says will pursue justice

ECONOMYNEXT – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his country will “not rest” in bringing to justice those involved in Easter Sunday Islamist suicide bombing in which American citizens were also killed.

“We remember the more than 250 victims of these ISIS-inspired attacks, including five U.S. citizens, and extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“We stand in solidarity with the survivors of this brutality, and pray for their healing.

“Just as the Government of Sri Lanka works to hold those involved to account, the United States will not rest in its pursuit of justice for those who commit such atrocities.

“Together with our Sri Lankan friends and partners, we reaffirm our shared commitment to countering terrorism while respecting civil liberties, to ensuring sustainable development for all, and to freedom of religion and belief that supports mutual respect.”

The attackers died in the suicide bombings and the most of the group were arrested by Sri Lankan authorities.

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Cardinal in a remembrance message said he believed there may be others who drove the bombers to make the attacks. (Colombo/Apr22/2020)