Parliament commemorates Easter Sunday attack victims

Parliament commemorates Easter Sunday attack victims

Parliament today commemorated the victims of the Easter Sunday attack.

On a request made by the Opposition, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena agreed to observe a moment of silence.

The opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya attended Parliament sittings today dressed in black.

Accordingly, MPs stood and observed a moment of silence to commemorate the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Today marks 3 years since the 21/4 Easter Sunday attacks.

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 Islamist terrorist suicide bombings.

Later that day, there were smaller explosions at a housing complex in Dematagoda and a guest house in Dehiwala.

A total of 269 people were killed, including at least 45 foreign nationals, three police officers, and eight bombers, and at least 500 were injured.

The church bombings were carried out during Easter services in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo; the hotels that were bombed were the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Tropical Inn.

According to the State Intelligence Service, a second wave of attacks was planned, but was stopped as a result of government raids.

According to Sri Lankan government officials, all eight of the suicide bombers in the attacks were Sri Lankan citizens associated with National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a local militant Islamist group with suspected foreign ties. (Colombo Gazette)

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