WASHINGTON: In his condolence message, President Donald Trump tweeted that 138 million people were killed in Easter Sunday blasts on Sunday in Sri Lanka.
Trump, a prolific social media user, added ‘million’ with the death toll which has now reached nearly 207.
A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing nearly 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.
The powerful blasts — six in quick succession and then two more hours later — wrought devastation, including at the capital’s well-known St Anthony’s Shrine, a historic Catholic Church.
Hospital sources said British, Dutch and American citizens were among the 158 dead overall, with Britons and Japanese also injured. A Portuguese man also died, the country’s LUSA news agency reported.
Trump’s tweet, which was removed within minutes, was shared across social media with hundreds of retweets and likes.