Last Updated : 2019-07-16 17:00:00

Batti bomber ‘Umar’ targeted St. Mary’s Cathedral

24 April 2019 10:16 am - 1     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

The Batticaloa suicide bomber had reportedly targeted the St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, but failed in his attempt as the Easter mass had ended early.

The male suicide bomber, identified as ‘Umar’ from the eastern town of Oddamavadi, blew himself up in the Zion Church in Central Road, Batticaloa at around 9 am just as mass was to start, claiming 28 lives, including 14 children, and injuring scores more.

Church sources and residents said a suspicious character had first gone to the St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral on the same road opposite St. Michael’s Boys’ school at 8.30 am and had made inquiries about the mass there. This was confirmed by Batticaloa Bishop Rt. Rev. Joseph Ponniah.

A catholic priest said the suspect had been seen lurking around the Cathedral the previous day as well. “The priest in charge had called the Easter Service early, and began at 7 am instead of 7.30 am. By 8.30 am most of the congregation had left,” he said, adding that about 1000 persons had attended the catholic mass on Easter Sunday.

When the suspect learnt that the Catholic mass had ended and that most of the congregation had left, he had made his way to the smaller Zion Church about 50 metres down the road. At the Zion Church he had identified himself to Pastor Ganeshamoorthy Thirukumaran as ‘Umar’ from Oddamavadi.

The pastor said the suspect was carrying a shoulder bag and was clutching another bag to his chest, and looked to be in his 30s and was of medium height. (Gihan de Chickera)

St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral

                                                                                   ic by Kushan Pathiraja                                       

 

  Comments - 1

  • Moorthy Wednesday, 24 April 2019 01:17 PM

    Negligence from all quarters. It shows that how fragile is our security system.


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment


Sri Lanka yet to play to their potential--Rumesh Ratnayake

After England amassed 397 runs against Afghanistan—the highest in the tourn

Dinesh Chandimal- 2018 ODI Captain to 2019 World Cup ‘spectator’

In 2018, Dinesh Chandimal scored 298 runs at 42.52 in One-Day Internationals

Singling out of Rishad Bathiudeen as a political target

The orchestrated political campaign by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led opposition i

TWISTS AND TURNS in the Dr. Shafi controversy

The sterilization charges against Dr. Seigu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi from the