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    At least 138 reported dead, hundreds injured as explosions hit Sri Lankan churches an


    Soldiers stationed outside St Anthony's Shrine following the blast.

    Easter Sunday bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed about 138 people and injured more than 400, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

    Key points:
    • A total of six sites were targeted, including Christian churches and luxury hotels
    • The attacks come almost 10 years after the end of a bloody civil war
    • There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks


    In just one church, St Sebastian's in Katuwapitiya, a predominantly Catholic area north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told news agency Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.

    Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on an evangelical church in Batticaloa in the country's eastern province.
    Another attack targeted parishioners at St Anthony's Shrine in central Colombo, but the death toll there is unclear.

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    It was Christopher Hitchens who said "good people do good things bad people do bad things it takes religion to make good people do bad things"

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    Someone dropped the ball here.

    Sri Lanka's police chief made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday's bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches", according to the warning seen by AFP.


    Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara sent an intelligence warning to top officers on April 11 setting out the threat.


    "A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama'ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo," said the alert.

    The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.

    At least 129 people were killed in six bomb attacks Sunday that included three churches.

    https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/sri-lanka-police-chief-had-warned-of-suicide-attack-threat-before-blasts-119042100193_1.html

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    Sri Lanka imposes curfew after more than 150 killed in attacks

    A wave of bomb attacks in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka have killedmore than 150 people and injured hundreds.


    Many of the blasts appeared timed to cause maximum casualties among worshippers attending Easter services.


    In one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of the capital Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official said.


    Much of the church roof was blown out in the explosion, with roof tiles and splintered wood littering the floor and pools of blood in between wounded worshippers.
    Most of the targets were either in or close to the capital, Colombo. Among the hotels targeted was the Cinnamon Grand, a luxury hotel in the centre of the city that is favoured by top politicians.


    The attacks are the most significant in the small island nation for many years, and come a decade after the end of a bloody civil war.


    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but an official told the Associated Press that two blasts were suspected to have been the work of suicide bombers.


    Hospitals were struggling to cope with the influx of casualties.
    At least 160 people injured in the St Anthony’s blast had been admitted to the Colombo National hospital alone by mid-morning, one official said. The main hospital in the eastern port city of Batticaloa had received more than 300 people with injuries following the blast at the Zion church.

    A smaller blast at a hotel near the national zoo in Colombo came about three hours after the first attacks. *Some reports attributed the explosion to attackers who had been cornered by security forces.

    There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks. The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, convenened Sri Lanka‘s top military officials at an emergency meeting of the national security council.


    As the attacks continued, the Sri Lankan government imposed a curfew.


    Leaders around the world rushed to condemn the attacks.


    Theresa May, the UK prime minister, called the blasts “appalling” and Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, said those affected would be in the prayers of millions marking Easter Sunday around the world.


    “On this holy day, let us stand with the people of Sri Lanka in prayer, condolence and solidarity as we reject all violence, all hatred and all division,” he said.


    Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination and nine foreigners were among the dead, officials said.

    Julian Emmanuel and his family, from Surrey, were staying at the Cinnamon Grand when the bomb went off. He told the BBC: “We were in our room and heard a large explosion. It woke us up. There were ambulances, fire crews, police sirens.


    “I came out of the room to see what’s happening. We were ushered downstairs. We were told there had been a bomb. Staff said some people were killed.


    The blasts marked the end of a lull after the end of the civil war a decade ago, during which bombings were common.


    Wickremesinghe condemned the explosions. “I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he said on Twitter. “The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”

    The country’s authorities convened an emergency meeting involving the secretaries of defence and foreign affairs, along with the heads of the army, air force and navy, according to Sri Lanka’s economic reforms minister, Harsha de Silva. He said on Twitter the group would soon issue a statement on the blasts.

    “Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over. Emergency crews are at all locations in full force,” he tweeted after visiting the Shangri-La and St. Anthony’s. “We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives.”



    Colombo’s archbishop, Malcolm Ranjith, called on the public to rally in support of the victims, according to local media, requesting all doctors to report to work despite the holiday and members of the public to donate blood.


    The Muslim council of Sri Lanka issued a statement condemning the attack on the places of worship of “our Christian brothers and sisters on their holy day of Easter, as well as on the hotels in Colombo”.


    “We mourn the loss of innocent lives due to extremist and violent elements who wish to create divides between religious and ethnic groups to realise their agenda,” the statement said.


    Out of Sri Lanka‘s total population of around 22 million, 70% are Buddhist, 12.6% Hindu, 9.7% Muslim, and 7.6% Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.


    There has been growing intercommunal tension in Sri Lanka for several years. Last year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to organisations that represent more than 200 local churches and other Christian organisations.


    This year, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), recorded 26 such incidents, including one in which Buddhist monks allegedly attempted to disrupt a Sunday worship service, with the last one reported on 25 March.


    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...t-two-churches

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    Sri Lanka explosions: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted

    At least 207 people have been killed and 400 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say.

    At least eight blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services.

    The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in Colombo, were also hit.

    A curfew has been imposed from 18:00 to 06:00 local time (12:30-00:30 GMT). Seven arrests have been made.

    The government also said there would a temporary block on the use of major social media networks.

    Source BBC

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    Let's hope there's the same worldwide public outcry and solidarity shown as in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Let's hope there's the same worldwide public outcry and solidarity shown as in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks..
    That's a tough one for trumpanzees. I mean they're Christian and all, but they're not white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    That's a tough one for trumpanzees. I mean they're Christian and all, but they're not white.

    Yes.
    Wannabe Occidental types need not be included into the club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    That's a tough one for trumpanzees. I mean they're Christian and all, but they're not white.
    No way 45 will repeat this. “very fine people on both sides.”

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    Funny you should say that....


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    He must be thinking of his inauguration.

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    Amazing isn't it. 50 dead in NZ and pages of discourse and bitchin over who's a racist , over 200 dead and 11 posts - kinda says a lot..

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    Indeed, where's the Muslims condoning the attacks and pledging to wear crucifixes in solidarity. ..

    Maybe because it all happened in Sri Lanka and the Muslims don't think Christians give a toss about Sri Lankans.

    When they blew up the arena in Manchester killing 21 kids 2 years ago, they couldn't condemn the attack quick enough.

    It's all about a racist self preservation.

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    Did you two geniuses not bother with the article?

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The Muslim council of Sri Lanka issued a statement condemning the attack on the places of worship of “our Christian brothers and sisters on their holy day of Easter, as well as on the hotels in Colombo”.


    “We mourn the loss of innocent lives due to extremist and violent elements who wish to create divides between religious and ethnic groups to realise their agenda,” the statement said.
    Last edited by foobar; 22-04-2019 at 04:00 AM.

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    That equates to worldwide condemnation as in the Christchurch attacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    That equates to worldwide condemnation as in the Christchurch attacks?
    It's bad enough you failed to read the article but now failing to read your own post?

    Where did you say "worldwide condemnation as in the Christchurch attacks?"


    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Indeed, where's the Muslims condoning the attacks and pledging to wear crucifixes in solidarity. ..

    Maybe because it all happened in Sri Lanka and the Muslims don't think Christians give a toss about Sri Lankans.

    When they blew up the arena in Manchester killing 21 kids 2 years ago, they couldn't condemn the attack quick enough.

    It's all about a racist self preservation.

    You said:
    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Indeed, where's the Muslims condoning the attacks....
    The OP:
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The Muslim council of Sri Lanka issued a statement condemning the attack on the places of worship of “our Christian brothers and sisters on their holy day of Easter, as well as on the hotels in Colombo”.


    “We mourn the loss of innocent lives due to extremist and violent elements who wish to create divides between religious and ethnic groups to realise their agenda,” the statement said.
    ------------


    ffs learn to read and write Chitty ...its embarrassing.

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    Foolbag the point has flown over your cuckoo's nest

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    What we know about the Sri Lanka bombings at churches and Colombo hotels


    The attacks appeared to target the country's Christians, who make up 7.4 per cent of Sri Lanka.

    There were six near-simultaneous attacks on Sunday morning (local time), followed by a seventh explosion at a hotel opposite the national zoo in the early afternoon and an eighth on the outskirts of Colombo shortly after.
    The attacks come almost a decade after the end of a bloody civil war.


    Here's how events unfolded ...


    Explosions set off during Easter Sunday services

    Two Catholic churches and one evangelical church were targeted in three separate cities.
    St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, is a popular place of worship and tourist attraction.
    Alex Agileson, who was in the vicinity, said buildings in the surrounding area shook with the blast.



    Soldiers secure the area around St Anthony's Shrine after the blast

    More than 50 people were killed at St Sebastian's in Negombo, north of Colombo.
    Pictures show the church's roof was blown off in the blast.



    St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a Catholic majority town

    Popular luxury hotels targeted

    Three five-star hotels in Colombo that are frequented by foreigners were attacked on Sunday morning.
    A tourist, who asked not to be named, told the ABC she was eating at the second-floor restaurant of the Shangri-la when there were two blasts about 10 seconds apart.
    She said the area had been full of visitors, including children.


    The rest of what happened is here
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    Six-Foot Pipe Bomb Found Near Sri Lankan Airport Hours After Terror Attack

    A six-foot long pipe bomb was found at one of Sri Lanka’s major airports Sunday, just hours after a string of brutal hotel and church bombings killed more than 200 people. The country’s Air Force found the bomb, “a PVC pipe which was six feet in length containing explosives,” near the Bandaranaike International Airport, Air Force Spokesman Gihan Seneviratne told the paper. The bomb was later disposed of in a safe area. It’s not yet clear who’s behind the spate of deadly attacks, which tore through the country’s Christian churches and luxury hotels Sunday morning. At least seven people have been arrested in connection with the bombings.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/six-fo...-terror-attack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    the point
    ...is that you are frequently incapable of reading and communicating in your first language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Amazing isn't it. 50 dead in NZ and pages of discourse and bitchin over who's a racist , over 200 dead and 11 posts - kinda says a lot..
    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Indeed, where's the Muslims condoning the attacks and pledging to wear crucifixes in solidarity. ..

    Maybe because it all happened in Sri Lanka and the Muslims don't think Christians give a toss about Sri Lankans.

    When they blew up the arena in Manchester killing 21 kids 2 years ago, they couldn't condemn the attack quick enough.

    It's all about a racist self preservation.
    Do you think it's a contest? Is there a league ladder for grief?

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    I arrived there on assignment in 1977; they were busy slaughtering each other then - but it was Buddhists vs Hindus. Under martial law with curfew. Got a submachingun stuck in my face at the first roadblock we hit on the way in from the airport....in an Embassy vehicle. Now, more than 40 years later, not much has changed other than the players.

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    And obviously it's a situation that most posters have less input on than an incident in New Zealand live streamed on Facebook instigated by a white Australian race hater. Or in Manchester ffs.

    We can only be horrified.

    Well, obvious except to an utter moron.

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    So Chitty and Numb Prick...your input on the background to this, on the social and religious milieu that can have given rise to this atrocity, perhaps on your personal experience of the area etc...it's all eagerly awaited.

    You ridiculous numbskulls.

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    Morning Cy, did the little ones fair too well in the homework for your liking. WBA later.

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