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04/23/2021 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – Earlier this week, Christians in Sri Lanka marked the second anniversary of the country’s worst attack on Christians. Remembering those that were killed in the 2019 Easter bombings, church leaders led memorial services, prayers, and calls for justice.

On April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, three churches and three luxury hotels were attacked by suicide bombers affiliated with the National Thowheed Jamath group. As a result of the attack, 279 people were killed and at least 500 others were wounded. Many of the victims were Christians attending Easter services at the three churches.

The bombings still stand as the worst incident of Christian persecution in Sri Lanka’s history.

On Wednesday, church leaders in Sri Lanka led memorial services at the three churches targeted by the terrorists. A moment of silence was observed at 8:45 a.m., coinciding with the explosion of the first bomb.

Speaking to a memorial service, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith called for unity between peoples of different faiths and the rooting out of religious extremism to prevent future attacks. The Cardinal also called on the government to bring those responsible to justice.

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