Sri Lanka Bombings


Saloni Kainth, Staff Writer

You might have heard about the chaos in Paris about the Notre Dame Cathedral burning down. We have seen that all over the news, but not a lot of people have taken into mind the Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds of people. Bombings at churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, April 21, in Sri Lanka caused 321 deaths and injured more than 500 people. This devastating news has resulted in three hotels and three churches being burned down. The government has identified the bombers as two Islamist militant groups called National Thowheed Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim, but people also suspect that there may have been an international assistance. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for these seven attackers that aimed for Christians and “citizens of Crusader coalition states.”

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene suspect that these attacks may have been related to the mosque attacks in New Zealand in retaliation. The Prime Minister also suspects that there may have been international assistance to these attacks with people coming in and then leaving quickly. He also explains that there is indeed some evidence that leads up to the topic of foreign involvement. Another thing that has came up is that Mahinda Rajapaksa, former strongman president of Sri Lanka, came out and said that his team had known the attack was going to happen, but he did not. Copies were leaked of the intelligence report warning that the attack was indeed going to happen. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has decided to resign from his position for not taking any action regarding those reports. The United States has also contributed to helping Sri Lanka by sending FBI agents to help investigate the bomb evidence.

Hundreds of lives have been lost when the government could have warned their citizens of the bombings. People have lost their closest friends, family, and relatives. This devastating news has caused schools to shut down until further notice. Muslims are shocked and grieved, and have been warned to not attend Friday Prayers for fears of retaliation, and Christians have been warned not to go to Sunday services.  A three-minute moment of silence was held on April 22nd countrywide at 8:30 am in respect to the families that have lost their special ones. These people did not deserve this at all and will be remembered. They will forever remain in our hearts and we can hope that justice will be served to the families.