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359 ‘People Were in Pieces!’ Sri Lanka: Islamist Terror on Easter by Raymond Ibrahim (Gatestone Inst.)

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Apr. 25, 2019

  • “We are a peace-loving community in this small city, we had never hurt anyone, but we don’t know from where this amount of hate is coming. This city has become a grave with blood and bodies lying around…. Since the past three years, we don’t know why, but we see an extremist’s mindset developing among the Muslims. I know many good Muslims, but there are also a lot who hate us, and they have never been so before. It is in these three years that we see a difference.” — A Christian man who survived the bombing of St. Sebastian’s Church in Sri Lanka.
  • In 2017, in Egypt, Islamic terrorists bombed two Coptic Christian churches during Palm Sunday mass, which inaugurates Easter week, murdering 50 people and wounding 120. On Easter Sunday 2016 in Pakistan, an Islamic suicide bomber detonated near the children’s rides of a public park where Christians were known to be congregated and celebrating; over 70 people — mostly women and children — were murdered and nearly 400 wounded. On Easter Sunday 2012 in Nigeria, Islamic terrorists bombed a church, murdering at least 50 worshippers.
  • The Easter Sunday terror attack in Sri Lanka — which in its death toll eclipses all previous Muslim attacks on Christians during Easter — is a reminder that if the Islamic State is on the retreat in the Middle East, the hate-filled ideology to which it and like-minded Muslims adhere continues to spread, finding new recruits and new victims around the globe.

On Easter Sunday, April 21, Islamic terrorists launched a bombing campaign on Christians in Sri Lanka; the current death toll is 359, with hundreds more people wounded.

Eight separate explosions took place, at least two of which were suicide bombings: three targeted churches celebrating Easter Sunday Mass; four targeted hotels frequented by Western tourists in connection with Easter holiday; and one blast in a house, which killed three police officers during a security operation.

At least 39 foreigners — including citizens of the United States, Britain, Australia, Japan, Denmark and Portugal — were among the slain.

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