Bombings shake Sri Lanka on the holiest day of the year


Surgei Gussev via Flickr, cc

Sri Lanka June 2018

Anastasia Williams, Staff Writer

On April 20, Easter Sunday, a terrorist attack shook an island in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. The group that was said to be behind this was called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath and 24 people have already been arrested for being in association with the attacks; however, just recently it was said that ISIS declared responsibility for these attacks.

This group targeted three churches across the country including: the Zion Church, St. Anthony’s Shrine, and St. Sebastion’s Church. They also targeted three hotels: the Kingsbury, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Shangri-La. Over 300 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured.

You make think that there was nothing anyone could have done to prevent this tragedy. However, it was said that Sri Lanka officials warned the government days before the bombings that there could be a potential assault. In response to why no one responded to these attack rumors, the New York Times said, “The history of bitter infighting between Sri Lanka’s leaders appears to have contributed to a spectacular security breakdown that led to one of the world’s deadliest terrorist attacks.”

Some of the over 300 people killed were tourists, including Americans, and with poverty being a very big problem in Sri Lanka, the economy heavily relies on tourists to help aid them financially.