CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, LUXURY HOTELS TARGETED
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 21, 2019) — More than 200 people were killed and approximately 450 injured in a series of explosions in Christian churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, The New York Post reported.
Sri Lanka is an island located off the southeast coast of India flanked by the Indian Ocean to its south.
Earlier on Sunday, the AP reported that those killed numbered 138.
CBS reported that of eight blasts, six occurred “nearly simultaneously” at a Catholic church in the nation’s capital, Colombo, as well as at three area hotels. Two more occurred at a Catholic church and Protestant church in different town, CBS said.
However, CNN reported the last two blasts as having targeted a hotel and private home.
Colombo is on the island’s southwestern side in the Gulf of Mannar.
The attacks have already been characterized by Sri Lnnkan authorities as “a terrorist attack,” according to the report. A Sri Lankan official reported that “close to 30 foreigners” are among the dead. Some of those are British citizens, TIME reported.
As of Sunday evening in Sri Lanka, seven suspected perpetrators have been arrested, the AP reported.
In his Easter message, Pope Francis expressed solidarity with victims of the attacks. ““I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence,” the AP quoted him as having said. “I entrust to the Lord all those who were tragically killed and pray for the injured and all those who are suffering as a result of this dramatic event.”
A curfew was put in place at 6:00 p.m. local time, CNN reported, as a result of the bombings.
The island country has a religious majority of Buddhists, CNN said, with other religious minorities being Muslim, Hindu and Christian. Of the Christian population, most are Catholic.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.