MORE THAN 300 CHRISTIAN Killed ON EASTER MORNING IN SRI Lanka. More Than Three Thousand Christians Killed.
A terrible world. The victims came from around the world. More Than Three Christians Killed at a place of worship. More Than Three Thousand Christians Killed.
The first wave of attacks struck during busy Easter services at churches in the heart of the country. The minority Christian community in the cities of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa.
More blasts ripped through three luxury hotels in the capital city of Colombo, Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand
More than a thousand people had come to the church for Easter Sunday
“because it is a special day”. Many came from villages afar.
Hundreds of people killed, about 30 were foreigners. Five British citizens, including two dual US-UK nationals, were also killed in the bombings. The foreigners killed include at least three Indians,
two Turkish nationals and two Chinese citizens.
ROME – Pope Francis on Easter Sunday offered prayers for the hundreds killed and injured in a series of bombings in Sri Lanka. Earlier this morning, calling the attacks an act of “cruel violence”.
“I was informed with the sadness of the news of the serious attacks which, precisely today. On Easter day, this has brought pain and mourning in some churches and other meeting places in Sri Lanka,” the pope said April 21, Easter day.
“I entrust to the Lord those who are tragically deceased, and I pray for the wounded and all those who suffer due to this dramatic event,” he said and asked for a moment of silent prayer.
“We can confirm that British nationals were among those killed in today’s horrific attacks in Sri Lanka, “. A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman told AFP.
“Our staff are supporting the relatives of the victims and are continuing to work with the relevant authorities to obtain further information.
“We extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and all those affected by this senseless tragedy”.
It’s not clear who’s behind the eight explosions that forced the entire country of 21 million people to go on lockdown.
But «there are certain acts of terror,» said Manisha Gunasekera, high commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK.
«This is an attack against the whole of Sri Lanka. This is because Sri Lanka is (a) multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country. And the whole country comes together in celebration of Easter Sunday.»
But the scale of Sunday’s bloodshed recalled the worst days of the war. When the Tigers and other rebels set off explosions at Sri Lanka’s Central Bank in downtown Colombo. A busy shopping mall, an important Buddhist temple, and tourist hotels.