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Vatican Ambassador speaks with SL govt to discuss Easter Sunday Bombing

The Vatican Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Pope’s representative in Sri Lanka have discussed the controversial Easter Sunday bombing investigation.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka, Archbishop Brian Udaigwe, has asked Prof G.L. Peiris will meet with the Catholic Church to discuss the investigation into the attacks on three hotels and churches that killed 269 and injured over 500 people.

Later, the ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Easter Sunday morning that was almost simultaneously carried out by a group local suicide bombers.

Minister Peiris, who promised a meeting with Catholic Church leaders, claimed that certain groups have ‘hijacked the purpose of the Catholic Church and targeted to use the tragedy towards the government at September 12th and September 21st United Nations General Assembly Sessions.

The Catholic Church alleged last month that certain military intelligence officials were connected to the Easter Sunday bombers. It also claimed that local security agencies had ignored details, including the date of the attacks.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith was the Archdiocesan of Colombo. He complained about a connection between certain military intelligence members and suicide bombers. This link was discovered during the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. He claimed that the government did not investigate it, but kept it secret.

Cardinal Ranjith also accused Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Maithripala Sirisena of failing to take action against extremist groups.

The Church organized a protest on August 21 asking all Sri Lankans for a black flag to be raised on their homes and vehicles in commemoration of the 28th month since the attack.

The Chief Justice also appointed a trial at-bar to try 25 of the 23270 charges, including the massacre and multiple attacks on Easter Sunday 2019.

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