Sri Lanka commemorates deadly easter attacks

Sri Lanka today commemorates one year since the loss of innocent lives in the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

On 21 April 2019, multiple bombs ripped across the country targeting 3 churches and 3 hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 250 innocent people and injuring over 500 persons.

The Government has urged all Sri Lankans to commemorate those who were killed and affected by the terror attacks by lighting a candle in their memory.

In his message of commemoration, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he remembers with deep sorrow, the brutal Easter Sunday terrorist attacks one year ago.

The President called on all citizens to remember the Sri Lankan and Foreign nationals who were killed, wounded and disabled in this attack, by lighting a candle and observing a minute’s silence at 8.45 a.m.

Meanwhile, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa said today marks a year to the deadliest suicide bombings that shook Sri Lanka claiming innocent lives.

He said while we remember the lives lost, injured and the families that are still trying to cope, we ensure the borders of Sri Lanka will never see such acts of cowardice ever again.

The Intelligence Service of a friendly nation had provided advance warning to the then Sri Lankan Government of the possible dates and targets for the attacks, including names, addresses and identity cards of the terrorists involved. This attack could have been prevented, the PM said.

He further requested all Sri Lankans to remember those who died, were injured and those who were disabled due to the Easter Sunday attacks in 2019 in accordance with their own faiths.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Foreign Relations said on this day, Sri Lanka remembers all those lives lost and changed forever in barbaric acts of violence during the Easter Sunday attacks one year ago. 

We share the grief of families who lost their loved ones and stand in solidarity with those countries which lost their nationals, the Ministry added.

Minister of Foreign relations Dinesh Gunawardena called on all citizens to join to remember and pay respects to all those who lost their lives by inhumane terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday in 2019.

The Minister further wished fast recovery and good health for those still recuperating from the attacks.

He also called for the perpetrators to be brought before the law. (Colombo Gazette)

 

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