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SDPD steps up patrols at churches out of 'abundance of caution' after blasts in Sri Lanka

Posted: 8:44 AM, Apr 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-21 11:44:28-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police are stepping up patrols at houses of worship throughout San Diego out of an "abundance of caution" after blasts at Sri Lanka churches and hotels left more than 200 dead on Easter Sunday.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit tweeted that the department was monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka and "communicating with our local, state and federal partners."

Nisleit stressed in the tweet that, as of Saturday night local time, there was no indication of a connection between the blasts in Sri Lanka and San Diego.

"However, in an abundance of caution, you will see extra patrols at houses of worship," Nisleit said.

RELATED: More than 200 dead in church and hotel bombings across Sri Lanka

The tweet came shortly after blasts rippled throughout the small country in South Asia, leaving at least 207 people dead and hundreds wounded. The explosions also left the entire country on lockdown.

The first attacks hit the heart of the country's minority Christian community during busy Easter Sunday events, CNN reports. The initial blasts were reported in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa.

Several more blasts tore through three high-end hotels including the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury all located in the capital city of Colombo.

A seventh and eighth blast at a hotel in front of the Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia and at a private house in Mahawila Gardens shook the city of Dematagoda Sunday afternoon.