How Many Americans Died In Sri Lanka Bombings? Government Identified 2 U.S. Nationals; Origin of 25 Bodies Still to be Determined

Following the Sunday morning attacks that killed more than 207 in a series of eight blasts targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka, government officials have revealed the nationalities of a handul of foreign nationals who died in the bombings, including at least two from the United States. However, there are still 25 currently unidentified dead who are believed to have been foreign visitors to Sri Lanka.

According to an official statement by Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two individuals who were dual citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom were killed in the bombings. Additionally, three others were British nationals, three were Indian, one was Portuguese and two were Turkish. When factoring in the 25 whose nationalities are still to be determined, the total could reach as high as 36 foreign nationals killed in the Easter morning blasts.

The statement also noted that the government only had reports of nine missing foreign nationals.

There were an additional 19 foreign nationals still receiving medical care as of Sunday night, per the statement, which did not break down the countries of origin or conditions of these victims. As such, it is not yet known how many, if any Americans were injured.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released an official statement earlier Sunday saying "several" American citizens were killed in the attacks, though he did not indicate their names, professions, or in which of the bombing locations these U.S. citizens perished.

Prior to the official release of the Sri Lankan government's statement, there were multiple reports regarding deaths of foreigners in the attacks. The numbers in these reports don't mesh completely with the breakdown in the statement, perhaps because of the large number of dead still to be officially identified.

Dr. Anil Jasingh, director of the National Hospital in Sri Lanka, told the Southeast Asian nation's newspaper the Daily Mirror that at least nine nationalities that were represented among the dead at the medical facility. These included Poland, Denmark, China, Japan, Pakistan, the U.S., India, Morocco and Bangladesh.

CNN reported that five British citizens, three people from India, three people from India, two Chinese citizens, two Turkish citizens, one person from the Netherland and one person from Portugal had been killed.

Foreign Secretary Ravinath Aryasinghe said that the bodies of 27 foreigners had been recovered from the churches and hotels targeted by bombers, the Hindustan Times reported.

While there had been unsubstantiated claims on social media of much higher numbers, as of Sunday evening, the official death toll remained at 207, with approximately 450 people injured. The total number of dead had initially been estimated to be closer to 140, but increased abruptly by Sunday afternoon as emergency crews responded to the devastation left by the attacks, which were reportedly carried out by suicide bombers.

St. Anthony's Shrine in the capital city of Colombo, St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo and Zion Church in Batticaloa and the hotels Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbur in Colombo were all targeted by attackers.

"There was utter chaos", the hotel manager at the Cinnamon Grand said, according to the BBC. "It was 8:30am and it was busy … He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast."

In addition to Pompeo's statement on the attack, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both shared their condolences and condemnation on Twitter.

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Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21 in Negombo, Sri Lanka Stringer/Getty Images

".@POTUS and I are monitoring the horrific attacks on those celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. Our hearts & prayers are with the victims & their families," Pence wrote Sunday afternoon. "This atrocity is an attack on Christianity & religious freedom everywhere. No one should ever be in fear in a house of worship."

"The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka," Trump posted on Easter morning. "We stand ready to help!"

It remains unclear who carried out the attack, which local authorities have said was coordinated. But at least 13 people had reportedly been arrested in connection to the violence, and Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene was putting the blame on religious extremists.

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