Sri Lanka : Terrorists savagely target hotels and christians on Easter Sunday   

Close to 300 people have been killed following a series of bombings in some churches and hotels in Sri Lanka .

 

On Sunday, 22nd April 2019, Easter Sunday, three churches and hotels were attacked.

No group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks but the Sri Lankan authorities suspect a local Islamist group, the National Towheed Jamath.

Twenty-four people are reported to have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickresinghe frowned at the fact that security services were aware of the attack, but didn’t take precautionary measures.

 Sri Lanka’s Black Easter Sunday: The Victims

According to Sri Lankan authorities, more than 255 victims identified are nationals , while 35 others are foreigners from eight countries;  

Britain ,  #05

Portugal , # 01

Indian , #06

China ,  #02

Australia , # 02

Turkey , # 02

Japan,  # 01

Netherlands ,  # 01

The terrorists appear to have targeted christianity, Sri Lanka’s minority religion.

 

The attack were carried out simultaneously in churches in the Batticaloa,  Negombo and Colombo districts and the Shangri-La, Cinnamon and Kingsbury Grand Hotels.

The incidents has been described as the deadliest since 2009 when the civil war in that country ended.

Kathy Neba Sina

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