Bomb Explodes Near Church Just After Police Find 87 Bombs at Popular Bus Station

April 22, 2019Apr 22, 2019

On Easter Sunday, nearly 300 people were killed and 500 wounded by a series of bombs targeting Catholics celebrating Easter Mass.

Now, witnesses have reported an explosion in a van near a Colombo church in Sri Lanka. The blast was seen on Monday as police had found 87 bomb detonators at the main bus station, reported Haaretz.

Security forces are carrying out searches across the island to find those behind the bombs. No group has claimed responsibility for the numerous suicide bombers.

A Sri Lankan government official says a local militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath is responsible for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference Monday that all seven bombers linked to the near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo were Sri Lankan citizens.

Officials say the causes of three later bombings on Sunday are still being investigated. Everyone involved was a Sri Lankan citizen, but he said they still suspect foreign links.

A total of nine bombings Sunday killed at least 290 people including at least 27 foreigners. About 500 others were wounded in the blasts.

Please pray for Christians in Sri Lanka as they undergo these attacks.