Bomb-hit Zion church will be repaired by Christmas
The Sri Lanka Army which is reconstructing the Zion Evangelical Church in Batticaloa is saying that the job will be done before Christmas.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed this after he visited the Church this weekend.
The Zion Church was one of three Christian churches bombed by Islamic extremists on Easter Sunday.
The other two are the Shrine of St Anthony’s in Kochchikade and St Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya.
More than 250 people, including 40 foreigners were killed in the simultaneous suicide bomb attacks on the churches and three five star hotels in Colombo.
Police blame the attacks on the extremist National Thowheed Jamaat.
Wickremesinghe said the first round of compensation has been paid out for those who died and those who are injured.
The Prime Minister said that Rs. 185 million has been paid out to the families of the deceased and Rs 53 million to those who are injured.
He also said that a special fund is being created to help the 33 children who lost their parents in the attacks.
The Pastor of the Zion Church Rev. Roshan Maneshan thanked the government for the support.
The lone bomber who attacked the Zion Church was stopped before he entered the building by a parishioner Ramesh Raju and the attacker detonated his bomb in the church yard.
However, a group of Sunday schoolchildren who were outside after their classes awaiting the start of the service was hit.