Sri Lankan Muslims observe fast in solidarity with Easter bombing victims

Lankan Muslims united to observe fast on Thursday, praying for the victims of Easter bombings.

Mourners at a mass burial on Wednesday near St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka. More than 100 people were killed at the church on Sunday.CreditCreditAdam Dean for The New York Times

 

Bombings that shook Sri Lankan roots have also absolutely horrified the rest of the world as well. The chilling Easter, that took over 300 lives in bombs attacks targetting different churches and hotels around the country, will be forever engraved in the memories of the people.

As the investigations proceeded, it was revealed that the attackers were all middle-class and educated individuals. All of them were educated overseas, including one who was an undergraduate at a university in Britain and went to graduate school in Australia.

Nine suicide bombers blew themselves up. Eight among them were men while one woman — including the man described as the leader of the homegrown, militant Islamist group said to have carried out the attack.


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Further investigations showed that Sri Lankan authorities knew about it but they failed to act. The officials told that the Indian intelligence officials had actually warned their Sri Lankan counterparts of the attack just hours before the first bomb was detonated, but the failure on their part lead to the deadly Easter.

In the series of unheard attempts to warn, April 4 warning and an April 11 intelligence memo, Sri Lankan authorities were warned about the possible targets and plotters.

Wijedasa Rajapakse, a Sri Lankan lawmaker, asked for prosecution of two top security officials and President Maithripala Sirisena asked the two officials to resign. Writing to Mr President, Rajapakse named that the defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and the inspector general of police Pujith Jayasundara “hid these facts from you and the prime minister”. He urged to “arrest them and bring the full force of the law to bear against them.”

After the responsibility of the attacks was claimed by the Islamist group, the Muslim community of the country stood by their Christian brother, rejecting terrorism clearly. They observed a fast on Thursday and gathered to pray for the victims. The sentiments were shared on microblogging site Twitter, using the hashtag #MyFastMySriLanka.

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