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Heightened Security In NYC For Easter After Deadly Sri Lanka Bombings

April 21, 2019 - 12:35 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police increased security in New York on Easter Sunday after bombs tore through Sri Lanka on one of Christianity’s holiest days, killing hundreds of people and wounding hundreds more at churches and hotels.

Related: At Least 207 Dead After Explosions In Sri Lanka On Easter Sunday

The NYPD said there was no known nexus to New York but that police would be keeping an eye on houses of worship.

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“In light of the events resulting in mass casualties in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the NYPD has implemented heightened security measures,” NYPD Sgt. Brendan Ryan said in a statement.

Ryan said police “will make periodic visits to all houses of worship, giving special attention to those with Easter Services.”

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The annual Easter Parade along Fifth Avenue went on as planned, with revelers wearing bright, colorful hats in contrast to heavily armed officers watching over the festivities.

Hundreds gathered in St. Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate Easter but also mourn those killed in the bombings on the other side of the world.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to the bombings on Twitter, calling them "horrific" and "heartbreaking."