Eight Easter Explosions resulted in more than 4 times the fatalities of the New Zealand mosque massacres — and hundreds more wounded besides.
In case there was any doubt, yes, Christians are still being killed for simply being Christians.
A coordinated attack at eight different locations, murdering more than 200 victims and wounding perhaps 450 others was carried out in Sri Lanka on Easter morning.
One of them, at a hotel breakfast buffet, had first-hand accounts:
A terrorist staying in a hotel under an assumed name stood in line in a busy buffet before detonating the bomb strapped to his back killing some right where they stood.
The Taprobane restaurant at the hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend.
“It was 8:30 am and it was busy. It was families,” the manager told AFP.
“He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” he added.
“One of our managers who was welcoming guests was among those killed instantly.”
The bomber also died. Parts of his body were found intact by police and taken away.
Other hotel officials told how the bomber, a Sri Lankan, checked in giving an address that turned out to be false, saying he was in the city for business.
Two other hotels, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury, were hit at about the same time, along with three churches packed with worshippers attending Easter Sunday services.
The blast at St Anthony’s Shrine, an historic Catholic Church, was so powerful that it blew out much of the roof, leaving roof tiles, glass and splintered wood littering the floor that was strewn with bodies.
The horror of it is brought home with the photo, uploaded just moments before, of one family having breakfast in that hotel restaurant.
Don’t think if it as a random crowd of strangers, so much as people who, until that moment thought they had their whole future ahead of them.
Sri Lankan police say 207 people were killed and 450 wounded in a series of blasts in and around the country’s capital.
Six nearly simultaneous blasts went off Sunday morning in three churches where worshippers were celebrating Easter and in three luxury hotels frequented by foreign tourists.
Hours later, a blast at a guesthouse killed at least two people. After an eighth explosion near an overpass in the area of Dematagoda on the outskirts of Colombo, the capital, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara says three police officers were killed when they went to question suspects following a tip.
Two blasts went off shortly after the officers entered a house in Dematagoda.
Officials say seven suspects have been arrested.
Devastating day in Sri Lanka.
A photo taken in one of the churches in #SriLanka were 8 explosions destroyed churches/hotels and stole the lives of over 200 people.
Jews and Israelis know all too well the pain of losing lives to extremist violence targeting places of worship pic.twitter.com/zTq6aKjfdR
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) April 21, 2019
Who is responsible?
Pujuth Jayasundara reportedly said: “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”.
The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the destruction of Buddhist statues.
There has been no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009, during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.
Last year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL).
The terrorist behind one of the bombings in Sri Lanka was an Islamist Extremist Imam and preacher by the name of Moulvi Zahran Hashim (with many lectures online and YouTube – makes you wonder why YT never banned him for his terrorist ideology). Anyway, here’s part of the report: pic.twitter.com/zOB2hdXuuh
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) April 21, 2019
Well, thank goodness YouTube is keeping us all so very safe from shirtless vitamin salesmen like Alex Jones, eh?
Dan Crenshaw, as usual, says what needed saying, perfectly.
As we celebrate Easter, it is terribly sad that we must also mourn the Christian church and hotel bombings in Sri Lanka. Praying for the victims and their families, and that swift justice is brought to those who committed these awful acts. #SriLanka
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) April 21, 2019
Those of you who pray — remember those in Sri Lanka who are injured or mourning their loved ones.
While many of us celebrate Christ’s resurrection and ultimate victory over the grave, let us also remember those who suffer for the gospel’s sake, even now.