Sri Lanka Bombings an ‘Attack on Christianity,’ Pence Says of Blasts that Killed 290
Vice President Mike Pence is calling Sunday’s Sri Lankan terrorist attack that resulted in at least 290 deaths and 500 injuries an “attack on Christianity” and religious freedom.
The coordinated attacks on Easter Sunday took place around 8:45 a.m. local time and involved eight bombings on churches and hotels. Among the dead were more than 102 worshipers at St. Sebastian’s Church, a Catholic church in Negombo. Some 1,000 people were attending the Easter service.
“You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls and on the sanctuary and even outside of the church,” Father Edmond Tillekeratne, social communications director for the Archdiocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka, told CNN.
Sri Lanka is an island nation off the coast of India. It is a predominantly Buddhist country, with Christians comprising only about 7-8 percent of the population.
“@POTUS and I are monitoring the horrific attacks on those celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. Our hearts & prayers are with the victims & their families,” Pence tweeted. “This atrocity is an attack on Christianity & religious freedom everywhere. No one should ever be in fear in a house of worship.”
Pence’s comment was posted several hours after Trump posted his own tweet, saying, “The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!”
Terrorists also bombed St. Anthony’s Shrine, a Catholic shrine, and Zion Church, an evangelical congregation,
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