Sri Lanka blasts: 'We are sad, we are facing violence again'

PETALING JAYA: A Sri Lankan, who is related to a Malaysian, says Sri Lankans are sad but not fearful after the Easter terror attacks in Colombo killed over 200 people.

T. Christopher, 41, whose mother-in-law is Malaysian, said that the mood in Colombo following the attacks is sadness instead of fear.

"Next month is the 10th year anniversary of the end of the war and everyone is just sad that we are facing all this again," he said.

The 26-year-long Sri Lankan Civil War, that saw around 80,000–100,000 people killed during its course, ended when Sri Lanka's military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

On Easter Sunday (April 21), more than 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

"I was at home when it happened but my wife and family went to church. Thankfully their church was not targeted," Christopher said.

He also said that Sri Lankans are glued to their television screens for every bit of news they can get following a curfew and social media ban.

"We have been told to stay indoors and are just watching the news and reading about it online.

"Everyone was using Facebook to check in on each other up about several hours ago but now social media is down," he said when contacted.

Christopher said he has been unable to get in touch with a friend who lives near one of the areas affected by the bombings.

The Sri Lankan government had declared a curfew following the bomb blasts.

Government officials also said major social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, have been blocked inside the country to prevent misinformation and rumours.


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