Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
21 Apr, 2021 | 8:02 am
COLOMBO (News 1st): His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has requested the general public to observe two minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (Apr. 21) to pay respect for the victims of the 2019 April 21st Terror Attacks.
On Sunday, the 21st of April 2019, the entire nation was shocked as multiple attacks targeting several places in the country resulted in the deaths of over 200 people, leaving scores more injured and scarred for life.
Time: 8:45 am
Location: St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade
Time: 8:45 am
Location: St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya
Time: 9:05 am
Location: Zion Church, Batticaloa
A series of coordinated suicide bomb attacks were carried out targeting three prominent Catholic churches in the country and three hotels in the heart of Colombo on Easter Sunday in 2019, sending shock waves across the globe.
Another two explosions were reported in Dehiwala and Dematagoda later that day.
More than 260 people including foreign nationals were killed in the attacks, whilst over 500 people were left with life-long injuries and missing their loved ones.
Sri Lanka, home to 21 million people, will commemorate the victims of the 2019 April 21st attacks, marked with silence and church bells amidst the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
News 1st pays respect for those fallen souls.
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