Sri Lanka’s Churches Open for First Time Since Easter Bombings

Breitbart | 5/14/2019 | Staff
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Churches in two of the cities in Sri Lanka targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked attack that killed and wounded hundreds of Christians on Easter opened their doors to worshippers this Sunday under tight security measures, more than 20 days after the rampage.

Citing the situation at the first Sunday Mass since the attack held at Colombo’s St. Theresa’s Church, local news outlet Ada Derana noted that worshippers faced “body searches by soldiers wary of explosives,” adding that the church’s sprawling car park was kept empty as part of high-level security precautions.

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Thousands reportedly attended mass on Sunday in Colombo alone.

The Guardian reported:

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Catholics in the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo and Negombo, where churches were targeted by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday, have held their first Sunday morning masses since the attacks that killed more than 250 people.

Police stood guard at every entrance to St Lucia’s cathedral in Colombo, one of the country’s largest churches, which was full of worshippers, including many who lost relatives in the bombings on 21 April claimed by Islamic State.

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Those attending underwent full-body searches and were banned from bringing bags, and the road outside was barricaded and guarded by soldiers. Troops wearing masks and camouflage clothing patrolled the surrounding area on motorbikes.

Outside Colombo and Negombo, churches resumed services last week while guarded by police.

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The Guardian noted:

The masses in the two cities – services elsewhere in the country had restarted earlier – were small steps towards the resumption of...
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