Zion Church bomber’s remains have no place to go

The Batticoloa Magistrate has ruled that the remains of the Easter Sunday suicide bomber who killed several worshippers at the Zion Church be exhumed from the Kalliankadu Hindu cemetery and stored at a “suitable place.”

Magistrate A C Rizwan gave the order after Hindus objected to the remains of the bomber being in this cemetery.

This community staged demonstrations over the issue over the past week.

The bomber’s remains could not be interred in the Muslim cemetery as the community refused him Islamic rites as is customary for a suicide bomber.

The bomber Mohammed Nasar Mohammed Azar, 34 killed 28 people, mostly children and injured 70 others in the strike

The Government Agent Batticoloa presented these facts to the Magistrate and received the court order to exhume the remains before September 2.

The remains are likely to be stored in the Hospital Mortuary.   

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