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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 - 14:50
The reason for the series of attacks is the attack that targeted the Mosque at New Zealand
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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said that a Muslim Extremist Group had carried out the bomb attacks in this country in retaliation to the attack on the Mosque in New Zealand.

The State Minister of Defence made this comment while making a special statement in Parliament.

The Death toll in the explosions has risen to 321

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said in Parliament today that 321 individuals have been killed in the 8 attacks that took place in the island. This statement was made during the special Parliamentary session summoned today in the face of the prevailing situation in the country.

Accordingly more than 500 persons were injured in the attacks and the Minister said that at present 375 persons are receiving treatment at hospitals.

The State Minister of Defence also said that 38 foreign nationals have lost their lives in the attacks and that 19 have sustained injuries.

The State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena also said in Parliament that information has been revealed that these attacks were carried out by an Extremist Islamic Group in retaliation to the attack on the Mosque in Christchurch New Zealand.

In the meantime, the Supreme Chief Prelate of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa thero has requested the maha sangha, to organize special pahan poojas in memory of those who lost their lives in the terror attacks, today when a day of mourning has been declared.

He requested that accordingly, awareness should be raised among the people regarding this and religious observances should be conducted in all Buddhist places of worship in the island, during the evening hours.



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