Sri Lanka mourns as investigation into deadly blasts continues

Dieter Kowalski was in Colombo Sunday when at least nine bombs tore through churches and hotels in three Sri Lankan cities.

Canada is home to roughly 150,000 people of Sri Lankan or mixed Sri Lankan descent, majority in Ontario, according to 2016 figures from Statistics Canada.

Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo's Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services.

Indeed, President Donald Trump's failure to say the word "Christian" in his tweeted response to these attacks attracted notably less outrage. "There must be a wider worldwide network behind it".

"While the scale and sophistication of the attacks suggest an overseas link, there does not appear to be any evidence so far to link it directly to IS", Rao said.

Sri Lankan authorities said that a radical Islamist group carried out the attacks on hotels and churches, which killed almost 300 people, including 37 foreigners. It had previously been implicated in vandalizing Buddhist statues.

On Staten Island, the Sri Lankan community will celebrate a mass Monday night in Elm Park to honor the victims of the attacks. The explosion occurred when a bomb being defused by police went off. Armed soldiers and bomb-sniffing dogs had replaced the tourists that usually crowd the beach facing the hotel district. "And their place of worship".

One of the suicide bombers had lined up for the breakfast buffet at a hotel restaurant according to police. Five minutes later another hotel, the Cinnamon Grand, was also hit.

Over 200 people were killed in the serial blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The powers will allow police and the military officers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.

In the past, blocking social media would have been seen as "outrageous censorship", Sigal said, highlighting the shift in attitudes toward social media sites.

Investigators said seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks while a government spokesman said an worldwide network was involved. "There is most likely involvement of foreign groups or people, including people moving in and out of India or Pakistan", said terrorism expert Labetubun. "Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored".

"We're angry that a good man, who took simple pleasure in fixing things, has been killed, along with many others, by evil men and women who know only how to destroy".

Pope Francis, after celebrating Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square, said, "I want to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, struck while it was gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence". Late a year ago, Sirisena fired Wickremesinghe, setting off a constitutional crisisthat culminated in December, afterthe president was pressured to reinstate the prime minister.

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