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US NewsSri Lanka churches hold first Sunday Mass since Easter bombings

16:05  12 may  2019
16:05  12 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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On 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday , three churches in Sri Lanka and three luxury hotels in the commercial capital Colombo were targeted in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings .

A series of coordinated bombings struck churches and hotels on Easter Sunday killing 207 people in the worst attacks in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil Three other bombings struck luxury hotels - the Cinnamon Grand, the Kingsbury and the Shangri-La - located in the heart of the capital Colombo

Sri Lanka churches hold first Sunday Mass since Easter bombings © Eranga Jayawardena Prayers are said during a holy mass held to bless victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Eranga Jayawardena/AP) The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has held the first regular Sunday Mass since the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels killed more than 250 people.

Military forces and police armed with assault rifles patrolled the streets leading to churches and stood guard outside the compounds.

Everyone entering was required to produce identity cards and be body searched.

Volunteers were stationed at the gates of churches to identify parishioners and look out for any suspicious individuals.

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A week since the bombings that killed at least 250 people, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Sri Lanka ’s most senior Catholic, had ordered the country’s churches not to hold services until police could be sure they would not be attacked. In a televised mass , Ranjith delivered a homily before members of the clergy

Colombo: The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has held the first regular Sunday Mass since the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels killed more than 250 people. Military forces and police armed with assault rifles are patrolling the streets leading to churches and standing guard outside the

Parking was banned near the churches and officials urged worshippers to bring only minimum baggage.

Sri Lanka churches hold first Sunday Mass since Easter bombings © Provided by The Press Association Police guard the entrance to St Lucia’s Cathedral in Colombo (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

Seven suicide bombers struck two Catholic and one Protestant church and three luxury hotels in the attacks last month.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombings, which were carried out by a local radicalised Muslim group.

Sunday services were cancelled in the two subsequent weekends amid fears of more attacks, leaving the faithful to hear Mass via live TV transmission from the Colombo residence of Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith.

Church authorities are also considering the reopening of church-run schools on Tuesday if they can be satisfied with security.

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On Easter Sunday , suicide bombers killed at least 253 people and injured some 500 at churches and top-end hotels across Sri Lanka . What happened? The first reports were at about 08:45 (03:15 GMT) on Sunday 21 April. Six blasts took place within a short space of time.

Sri Lanka bombings : 290 dead, hundreds injured in church , hotel explosions on Easter Sunday . Add Sri Lanka Easter Bombings as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Sri Lanka Easter Eight explosions took place miles apart, three at Christian churches holding Easter services and

Sri Lanka churches hold first Sunday Mass since Easter bombings © Provided by The Press Association An armed soldier stands guard outside St Lucia’s Cathedral (Eranga Jayawardena/AP) President Maithripala Sirisena said last week that “99%” of the remaining suspects in the Easter attacks have been arrested and their explosive materials seized, and it is safe for tourists to return to the Indian Ocean island nation.

Police say two previously little-known radical Islamist groups – National Towheed Jamaat and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – conspired in the attacks.

Officials say Zahran Hashim, a vitriolic preacher from the country’s east, may have led the attackers and was one of the bombers to die.

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