Sri Lanka to give police protection for churches on Easter bombing anniversary
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police and military will give protection to 1,944 churches around the country on the second anniversary of an Islamist suicide bombing attack, Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana said.
“A special protection will be given to 1,944 churches island wide with more than 12,040 armed forces personnel providing security for the general public that comes for the prayers,” DIG Ajith Rohana told reporters.
Islamist bombers hit several churches and hotel in Colombo on Easter Sunday, 2019.
The first two explosions occurred almost simultaneously at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Colombo, and St. Sebestian’s Church in Katuwapitiya Katana.
Explosions were also reported from the Zion evangelical church in Batticaloa, and three luxury hotels in Colombo: the Shangri-La, the Kingsbury and the Cinnammon Grand.
The blasts caused 259 deaths including 30 foreigners marking it as one of the largest suicide bomb attacks in history.
Sri Lanka has had conducted to Presidential commissions of inquiry over the incident where a warning given by neigbhouring country on impending attacks was not acted upon.
Minister PrasannaRanatunga told reporters a ministerial committee appointed to study which studied the report on a Presidential Commions and the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security of the parliament will hand over the to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday (5).
“The Committee’s decision is to initiate the recommendations” Ranatunga said.
“We cannot do justice for the people who lost their lives, what we can do is to punish the people who are responsible and strengthening our selves to make sure something like that never happens again.”
The head of Sri Lanka Catholic Church had expressed and the opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna reservations about the commissions of inquiry.(Colombo/ April 3/ 2021)