Sri Lankan attacks are the latest in series of Easter-related incidents

  • Written by Catholic News Service
  • Published in International
A mother in Negombo, Sri Lanka, mourns her daughter, who died in Easter bomb blasts, during a wake April 22, 2019. Sri Lankan officials reported 290 confirmed deaths from the eight blasts at churches and hotels in three cities the previous day. Photo: CNS/Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters A mother in Negombo, Sri Lanka, mourns her daughter, who died in Easter bomb blasts, during a wake April 22, 2019. Sri Lankan officials reported 290 confirmed deaths from the eight blasts at churches and hotels in three cities the previous day. Photo: CNS/Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – More than 300 people were killed and more than 500 injured in Easter attacks on three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka. The bombings were the latest in a string of Easter season bombings by extremists.

The others:

April 2, 2018: Four people were shot dead in an attack targeting Christians in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Easter Monday.

April 9, 2017: Bombings at two Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday saw 45 people killed.

March 27, 2016: 75 people died and more than 300 were injured after bombs exploded in a park in a Christian neighborhood of Lahore, Pakistan, as people celebrated following Easter services; the Taliban claimed responsibility.

April 2, 2015: Christian students were targeted as the University of Garissa, Kenya, was attacked on Holy Thursday; 148 people died.

April 8, 2012: A suicide car bombing at Easter church services in the Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 38 people; the Islamist group Boko Haram claimed credit.