On Easter Sunday, A total of nine bombs exploded around Sri Lanka, killing at least 290 people.
Bombs went off in Roman Catholic houses of worship and high end hotels that cater to tourists. The first bombs went off in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa, all at Catholic churches. About an hour later, three more bombs go off in three of Colombo’s high end hotels that are geared toward tourists: The Kingsbury Hotel, the Shangri-la Hotel, and the Cinnamon Grand where some of the guests were having Easter brunch. Another bomb targeted police.
Later that afternoon, two more bombs went off in Dematagoda, a suburb in Colombo, and Tropical Inn, another hotel in Colombo. Another bomb was found in an airport but did not go off. Police have confirmed more than 290 killed and at least 450 injured in the attacks, several of them being Americans.
Police had heard about a possible attack ten days before the bombings. They have determined that the cause of these attacks are in retaliation to the synagogue shooting in New Zealand. The police have launched several raids and have arrested multiple suspects.
The Pope said the attacks were especially horrific because they targeted people gathered in prayer. Sri Lanka’s foreign minister said that “These bombings were coordinated to create murder, mayhem and anarchy.” The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, demanding justice: “ Find out who is responsible behind this act and also to punish them, mercilessly.”
There is no doubt this is a horrific and violent act. The worry is that will be more members of this terrorist group. Churches around the world are on high alert and have increased security.