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Sri Lanka: President Sirisena Visits St. Sebastian’s Church


Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena visited the recently bombed St. Sebastian’s Church on Tuesday to inquire into the present situation and inspect damages caused to the church.

On Easter Sunday suicide bombers attacked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing 321 and wounding over 500.

Government officials have said the attacks were made by Sri Lankan citizens associated with National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a local militant Islamist group.

Islamic State has also claimed responsibility for the attacks.

President Sirisena met with the Parish Priest Fr. Srilal Fonseka and extended his deepest condolences to him and towards all the Catholics in the area.

President Sirisena also inquired regarding the reconstruction works of the Church and stated that he has given instructions to the Sri Lankan Army to complete those constructions works as soon as possible.

Also, during this meeting, the President said that the government has taken all the necessary steps to prevent the recurrence of this kind of brutal activities in the country.

The President wished quick recovery for all those who were injured in this tragic incident and said that the government has taken steps to provide maximum reliefs to the victims and their families.

Meanwhile, the President joined in paying his respects to the deceased persons who died in the explosion during the Easter Mass.

The President visited several houses in the area and paid his last respects and extended his condolences to the family members of the deceased persons and for the all the Catholics in the area.

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