Video shows suspected suicide bomber entering Sri Lanka church

By Sky News

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said at least 110 people were killed at St Sebastian’s, the deadliest of a series of attacks by suicide bombers against churches and luxury hotels that left at least 310 people dead.

The explosion in Negombo was the deadliest of a series of co-ordinated attacks on Easter Sunday.

The moment the suspected bomber enters the church

CCTV footage has emerged of a suspected suicide bomber entering St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo moments before an explosion ripped through the building.

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said at least 110 people were killed at St Sebastian’s, the deadliest of a series of attacks against churches and luxury hotels that left at least 310 people dead.

The footage, broadcast widely on Sri Lankan news channels, tracks the movements of a young bearded man with a backpack, outside the building.

The man was filmed outside St Sebastian church
Image:The man was filmed outside St Sebastian church

The same man is then picked up on St Sebastian’s internal cameras entering the church packed with Easter Sunday worshippers.

The video stops before the bomb is detonated. Pictures of the aftermath of the explosion show blood-stained pews, the roof ripped off and knocked out doors and windows.

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As well as St Sebastian, churches in Batticaloa on the east coast and Colombo’s Kochchikade district along with the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the country’s capital were targeted.

Authorities said all the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.

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A government minister said militant group National Thawheed Jama’ut was behind the attacks, with Sri Lankan police investigating whether warnings of the attack were ignored or missed before the blasts.

The aftermath at one of the churches. Pic: St Sebastian's Church/Facebook
Image:The aftermath at one of the St Sebastian attack. Pic: St Sebastian’s Church/Facebook

Known locally as “Little Rome”, the seaside town of Negombo has dozens of churches and is at the centre of Sri Lanka’s Catholic community.

Around 65% of Negombo’s 140,000 residents are Catholic, compared to just 6% in the country as a whole.

 

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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