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ISIS claims Sri Lanka bombings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/23/19, 10:56 am

Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, where more than 300 people died in the violence. The attacks were “carried out in retaliation” for the last month’s shooting at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people, Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament on Tuesday. He blamed the security department’s “weakness” for failing to prevent the attacks.

Sri Lanka imposed a state of emergency across the country early on Tuesday and observed a national day of mourning. The state of emergency grants the police and military power to detain suspects without court orders. Meanwhile, government buildings lowered flags to half-staff, and the country observed three minutes of silence at 8:30 a.m., the time the attacks started. Family members at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo held the first mass burial for some of the victims.

The death toll rose to at least 321 people by Tuesday, with 500 others injured. Among the dead were at least 31 foreigners from 12 countries, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. At least four Americans, eight British, and three of the four children of Danish business tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen died in the attacks.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Laneygirl's picture
    Posted: Tue, 04/23/2019 11:21 am

    Today's news quote from ISIS is : "We love death more than you love life". Quite the slogan. Says it all, straight from the mouth of satan.

  • GMR
    Posted: Wed, 04/24/2019 01:33 pm

    I agree, yet our God (of the Bible) Reigns! Jesus has defeated death on the cross. Trust in Him alone, by gracethrough faith and receive eternal life.


  • Kathleen Wilson
    Posted: Wed, 04/24/2019 10:45 am

    Psalm 116:15 - "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." The enemy's strategy for Jesus backfired and resulted in salvation for a lost and dying world. ISIS may love death but God promises eternal life for His children, blessings for those persecuted for their faith, and justice for those martyred in His name.