Sri Lanka Easter Massacre – Watch: Muslim terrorist walks into church loaded with suicide bomb
CCTV footage has emerged of a Muslim terrorist entering St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo moments before blowing himself up and murdering at more than 100 Christian worshipers.
The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said at least 110 people were murdered at St Sebastian’s Church, the deadliest of eight coordinated bomb blasts on Christians, hotel guests, and foreign tourists in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo that left at least 310 people dead.
The footage tracks the movements of a young bearded Muslim terrorist with a backpack, outside the building.
The same terrorist 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.
Six bombs went off in quick succession before another two blasts two hours later.
Three of the near-simultaneous blasts targeted worshippers attending Easter services on the holiest day in the Christian calendar.
Families on holiday were massacred by three further explosions at luxury hotels in Colombo as they sat down to enjoy breakfast at around 8.30am.
Sri Lanka Police spokesperson has said that 13 Muslim terrorists were arrested in connection with the attacks. Ten of those detained have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department.
The Sri Lankan military received intelligence suggesting the Muslim terror group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was planning suicide attacks on churches before the bombing.
Foreign intelligence agencies warned of attacks by the group several times in recent weeks – the first as early as April 4 – but that the information was not passed higher up the chain of command.
No one has claimed responsibility, however, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe confirmed that the government had prior information about the terror attacks, but failed to take preventive steps.
Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today that the sick terrorists were helped by an “international network.”
Muslim terrorist Moulvi Zahran Hashim, the founder of NTJ who referred to himself as Abu Ubaida, was named as the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday massacre.
Local media claimed the Muslim preacher, who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, was one of the bombers who attacked the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, but this was later disputed.