The NYPD is stepping up its presence at houses of worship around the city in the wake of the Sri Lankan bombings.
“In light of the events resulting in mass casualties in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the NYPD has implemented heightened security measures,” said NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan.
NYPD patrol cars “have been deployed with an overlay of CRC [Critical Response Command] and SRG [Strategic Response Group] resources and will make periodic visits to all houses of worship, giving special attention to those with Easter Services,” Ryan said.
Three bombs went off almost simultaneously at three churches and three hotels in the South Asian country. Authorities said at least 207 people have died and 450 were injured in the blasts.
Seven people have been arrested in connection with the bombings.