EVIL STRIKES on Easter: More than 190 murdered in bomb attacks on Christian churches in Sri Lanka

Murderous thugs struck at Christians on our most important religious day of the year in Sri Lanka, where the vast majority are Buddhist, there are about 12% Muslims and Christians only comprise 7% of the country.

From the Hill:

The Associated Press reports that the blasts in Sri Lanka marked the worst episode of violence since the nation’s civil war ended 10 years ago. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the AP that two of the explosions are suspected to have been the result of suicide bombers.

The bombings were coordinated, and they targeted Catholic worshipers attending Easter Mass as well as guests at luxury hotels, according to The New York Times.

Dr. Samiddhi Samarakoon, a deputy director of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, said that the death toll as a result of the bombings had reached 189, The Times noted. Samarakoon added that 11 foreigners were among those that were killed.

The churches attacked included St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of Sri Lanka’s capital, St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa.

Bombings also occurred at Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury hotels in Colombo.

It remains unclear who is responsible for the attacks. But police have said that the attacks appear to have been coordinated.

“Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Twitter. “The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”



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Trump tweeted about it:

And he made an error that the left is harping on about.

Anyway, pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are being oppressed all over the world. And thank God that we are blessed to be in a free country where we are safe to practice our faith.

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DaYooper
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I understand that Rep Ilhan Omar was just quoted as saying “Somebody did something in Sri Lanka.”

TomNewman64
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Everyone else starting to hear that Sri Lanka police believe it was probably a local Islamic terror organization? The NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath). And national security was warning that these bombings were coming about 10 days ago?

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>> Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant, a manager at the Sri Lankan hotel said. <<

–The Hindu (https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/live-multiple-explosions-in-colombo-and-other-parts-of-sri-lanka/article26903170.ece?__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true)

Mohamed Azzam Mohamed. Sounds Buddhist.

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Between Buddhists doing that or the Religion of Peace doing it as the liberals love to call Islam….I’m going to go with the Religion of Peace!

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Sadly I don’t think at this point it was about the victims being Christian (not to excuse the attacks). Based on all I can find on this the attacks were probably committed by the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) which makes them political attacks not religious. Which explains why the targets were big churches and upscale hotels. Don’t misunderstand I feel the attacks were heinous and hope that all involved are caught and prosecuted to the fullest degree, but we do our brothers & sisters a serious disservice when we lump all attacks into one group. If it is a terror attack by the Tamil Tigers then it was about the biggest high profile crowds. Think the IRA attacks during “The Troubles” . Not that political motives and religious ones are mutually exclusive but considering that most known members of the Tamil tigers are Hindu and not Muslim I don’t think the… Read more »

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NY Times reporting:
“The shock of the bombings and the anger they generated was compounded by news that a top police official had alerted security officials 10 days earlier about a threat to churches from a radical Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath. It was unclear what precautions, if any, had been taken, or whether that group had played any role in the assaults.”

The fact that three bombings occurred at three Catholic churches, and none at mosques, points to the religion of war.

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I read that too and I am not dismissing the idea of radical islam terror but until it is definite I want to proceed slow. That area has more than just islamic terror groups to worry about. You also have the Tamil Tigers which is Hindu but still political terror group and the Budhist. I think we need to do the prudent thing and not cast blame immediately on any group. With 7 people in custody answer will likely come very quickly.

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Very sad that people would commit evil like this.

Does Brian Stelter not realize how petty and awful he looks with his tweets?

Chow Yun Fatty
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The religion of peace. They’ll leave a piece of you over there, another piece over there, and another piece across the room.

hubman
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7% Christian, 12% Muslim, otherwise mostly Buddhist. In a nation the size of Sri Lanka, such attacks could have been carried out by a group too small to even be 1% of the population.

But what are the odds that it was NOT done by Muslims? Slim, to say the least.

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I just heard on the news that there has been a Christian presence in Sri Lanka since the 1st Century. Maybe my math is off, but that puts them there hundreds of years before the start of the Islam religion.

The latest death toll is over 200 as of now. Who knows how many are injured? I will never understand this kind of senseless evil.

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It’s tragic! If you subscribe to thebereancall.org newsletter (free), one of the things they do is keep you up to date on Christian news around the world. Unfortunately, much of it is about violence against Christians, much given a nod and wink by the governments of the countries in which it takes place, and most of which you don’t hear a word about in our media.

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So heart breaking. whew

toon
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Religion of peace again.
Media silent.

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This was an act of unequivocal evil. Hopefully, all those responsible will be apprehended and held fully accountable for their heinous acts.

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What kind of twisted philosophy does a person have to follow to do this to people on a day that is deemed holy for them. And at a site of prayer.

I stayed away from commenting for the last few days so I could always stay positive. But then this happens and I cannot condemn in the most negative way, the people who did this. A curse on not just the people who did it, but also their families and those who helped them carry this out by looking the other way.

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It is a testament to the truth that no other religion gets violently attacked the way Christians do. It is because Christ is the truth and Satan doesn’t like that.

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Looks like “some people who did something.”

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I’d be willing to bet the suicide bombers weren’t Buddhists.

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now maybe, just maybe…the French spoke too soon when the declared the Notre Dame fire an “accident” or “electrical” malfunction…

Praying for the people of Sri Lanka…may their hearts be open to the One True God on this Holy day.
Psalm 91
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

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Three guesses who did this.

I know, I know… too soon.

May God bring peace to the survivors and swift justice to the evil.

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Buddhist

PlotEvil
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Again with the Amish? You’d think they’d shun airplanes.

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Don’t dare say anything about the Muslim population there being responsible for this. The religion of peace don’t you know?

Taurnil
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I know… really. It’s all this islamaphobia causing the problem.

Thomas-Aquinas
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IKR? If you’re not Islamophobic you don’t understand Islam. Lesson one. Muslims divide the world in two, between the Dar es Salaam (the “world of peace” or the Islamic world) and the Dar al Harb (the “word of war,” or the non-Muslim world).

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