Church and Hotel Bombings in Sri Lanka kill Hundreds

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Church and Hotel Bombings in Sri Lanka kill Hundreds

Griffin Snyder, Writer

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This past Sunday, suicide bombers attacked numerous hotels and catholic churches in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, killing over 300 people and wounding 500 more. The Sri Lankan government has blamed a basically unknown Islamic Terrorist group called the National Thowheed Jama’ath for the attacks, and has already made a number of arrests.

This attack was not wholly unpredictable though, as a week before the attacks, police had received warnings that there would soon be an attack on churches and hotels, but the Sri Lankan security service did not act on the warnings, which were seen as highly plausible threats, and the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was not alerted to the threat. The Sri Lankan government has called for the resignation of top security officials for failing to act on the threats.

To add further confusion to the tragedy, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, claiming that they were an act of retribution for the Christchurch Mosque shootings in New Zealand last month. The motives for and the origins of the attack remain unclear at this time, but mass funerals for the victims have begun today, and many nations are supporting Sri Lanka in their time of need, with the US sending FBI agents to assist in the investigation.