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Modi Visits Church in Sri-Lanka Targeted by Easter Attack

Sunday 9 June 2019

COLOMBO (Ruptly) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the St Anthony’s Church in Colombo on Sunday, which was one of the three churches targeted during the Easter bombings on multiple targets across the country.

Modi paid tribute to the victims by laying a bouquet of flowers, and later looked at some photographs, in the company of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha and Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

The Indian PM later tweeted “I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.”

After his church visit, Modi met with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, in what is his first trip to Sri Lanka since his re-election.

On April 21, six blasts took place in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo while two further explosions occurred in the western city of Negombo and the eastern city of Batticaloa. At least 253 people were killed and a further 450 were injured in eight seemingly coordinated explosions which rocked hotels and churches across the country.

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