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Sri Lankan Roman Catholic Church officials have declared a Black Sunday this weekend to demand justice for the victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 260 people.
Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said on Tuesday the Church had been given part of a presidential commission’s report into the coordinated suicide bomb attacks on April 21, 2019, but many questions remain about its findings.
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“We thank the commission for all the labour they put into this but we have many question marks about this report because the most important requirement of the commission has not been fulfilled,” he said.
A power struggle between the then-president and prime minister which led to a communications breakdown and a resulting lapse in security coordination is said to have allowed the attacks, which occurred despite prior warnings from foreign intelligence services.
Church leaders have asked their congregations to attend Mass on Sunday dressed in black.
Church bells will toll at 8:45am (03:15 GMT), the time of the near-simultaneous attacks, and special prayers will be offered for justice for the victims.
Ranjith said the commission’s mandate was to find the people, sources of funding and supporters behind the attacks, but such details were not in the report.
Aussie suburbs with highest, lowest life expectancy revealed
Where you live in Australia can influence your life expectancy, a new study has revealed. Research by Torrens University showed the suburbs and neighbourhoods where Australians have the longest and shortest life spans.A suburb in Melbourne's south-east, Ashburton, and the areas of Unley and Parkside, south of Adelaide's CBD, took out joint first place for the highest median age at death in Australia, both sitting at 89 years.The lowest median age at death among cities and their suburbs was Melbourne's CBD at 59 years, followed by the Forrestdale, Harrisdale, Piara Waters areas in Perth at 62 years.
“There were different kinds of people involved, directly or indirectly, and those things have not been investigated. Even in this presidential report, it is said that there was something, some connection with India. But that indication is given in order to investigate it. But we have not seen that,” he said.
“How far… one of the typical cases of that is that the Indian government warned Sri Lanka about this. How did they know about it? So some connection, some information has come to them. So, that must be investigated.”
He said the Church expects the government to carry out a further investigation with vigour, adding that if no action is taken he would call for a mass protest on April 21, the second anniversary of the attacks.
Two local Muslim groups that had pledged allegiance to the ISIL (ISIS) armed group have been blamed for the attacks at six locations – two Roman Catholic churches, one Protestant church and three top hotels.
Of those killed, 171 were attending Easter services at Catholic churches. More than 500 people were wounded in the attacks.
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A new Channel 4 documentary examines the events leading up to the TV presenter's death in 2020.At the time of her death in February 2020, Flack was awaiting trial for assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton. The Crown Prosecution Service said it had cause to pursue the case, but the subsequent publicity placed immense pressure on someone who, according to her family, had always been vulnerable.