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Over 200 dead in terrorist attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels

Old 04-21-19, 10:25 AM
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Over 200 dead in terrorist attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels

Developing. Sri Lanka was hit by at least eight explosions starting around 8:45 A.M. on Easter Sunday, targeting Catholic churches and luxury hotels. At least 207 dead and 450 injured as of this posting.

Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates (The New York Times)

The Sri Lankan police chief issued a nationwide alert 10 days ago warning that "a foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama'ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo." The NTJ "is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues."
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Old 04-21-19, 11:13 AM
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India just isn't high on people's care-o-meter in the west, but this is horrible to hear (and on Easter too). Just sickening.
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*Ugh* Someone please make this all stop. Very sad news to hear.
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Terrible, heart-breaking news.
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Death toll is at 290 now. At least 4 were US citizens.

There was a second explosion the next day with a van.
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Coordinated simultaneous attacks in multiple cities. That is always worse than a single truck bombing, which can be carried off by 2-3 people. Widespread attacks need a whole lot of people and central planning.

Sri Lanka had a terrible time from the 1980s through the 2000s with a civil war, massacres, and terrorists. The Easter attacks must seem like a return to the bad old days.
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Really sad news. Specially during a holiday while people were either vacationing or praying.
This is pure evil
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Awful news. So sad that so many including tourists lost their lives to these maniacs.

I follow a travel food vlogger named Mark Wiens and the most recent video he posted was in Sri Lanka. He normally posts videos on Sunday and Wednesday and didn't post one yesterday. Some people were freaked out about his safety not realizing his videos were shot about 4 weeks ago. I think he did the right thing not posting one showing how awesome things are there and showing all the great food he had when many people were killed and died yesterday.
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Disgusting terrorism. Deplorable cowards.

Lord, in your mercy.
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