15 October, 2019

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New Explosion Near Multi-Religious Kochchikade Palliya

A fresh explosion has been reported near St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, the Church, in the heart of Colombo’s old city, which is a famous multi-religious site and a church with a long history of attracting believers of all faiths – Buddhist, Hindus and occasional Muslims.

The Church is one of the sites targeted on Sunday.

According to reports, the explosion occurred in a van near the church and was disposed in controlled explosion at the site by the Bomb Disposal Unit a short while ago.

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Sri Lanka: 290 Killed And 500 Injured On Easter Sunday Bombing

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    Wtf??
    Call for international help . Diffuse situation.

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      Back boneless Ponna Ranil’s Govt cannot do any damn f.. job . Which idiots voted these govt to power?

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      Seems three morons downvoted fir my call to save human lives, sure pathetic people

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    This is a pro unp paper i will stop reading your news from now. On that note should one note that these well orchestrated attacks could be links to king ping makandre madush . who also has many powerful people including politicians in his pocket

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    CT,

    The Devil is still alive?

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      Satanic Verses by Sir Salman Rushdie was written 30 years ago.

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    The terrorists who have been caught must be hung. Islamic terrorism has engulfed SL. Politicians who have links with these terrorist should be thrown out

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    If you go to immigration office you can see how many Pakistanis extending their visas and what they were doing in SL all unchecked serious laps

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    The government has asked international experts to help out. This is a good move.
    This cancer must be wiped out, we cannot afford to allow this to continue and get worse. These stupid terrorists are killing themselves while their leader sit comfortably in their homes, and live the good life. They are misguided, and totally brainwashed into thinking killing innocent men, women, and children, is a sure path to Heaven.

    This is a well coordinated operation, and it seems they have got help from some evil
    forces outside the country. Hope the experts will get to the bottom of this. Perhaps they should look at Saudi Arabia, it’s disgusting efforts to radicalize Sri Lankan Muslims, their offers of scholarships that end up with radicalized youth, and the efforts by Saudi Arabia to turn Muslims into Wahabi clones. Saudi Arabia is a backward nation with primitive laws, and their brand of Islam is not welcome in our multi religious nation. The Sri Lankan government MUST investigate the enclaves of radical Muslims in the East, and put an end to this poison.
    All Sri Lankans must unite to stand up to this new challenge.

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      Did they learn the mistakes of 1983 ,repeat the same circle Aluthgama etc treat all same most of us know it’s going to come but not this scale,threat intimidation these are the way of lives of modayas how carelessly ignored the intelligence.
      Look at the neighbouring countries how they are developing but these fat modayas taking the country backwards.
      Don’t mix the religion with politics.

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      What does it violate?

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        Sach

        “What does it violate?”

        Your head violates HLD M’s bum.

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    The best way is to ban all the religions. They cause more suffering and more hatred than anything good to humanity. Religion appears worse than racism. Today religion is more a business and nationalism and conversion than creating and spreading peace. So many gods, so many religions and it is going to be a curse to humanity. These people are fighting for something that does not exist. Either god, Moksha or Virgins, all these are mere myth to fool the gullible. God if at all is within you and your good deeds will take you to god and that too in this life. For the Muslim brothers please rewrite the offering of 70 Virgins in your holly script into some truth and you are using these innocent and foolish youth to doom. Who knows some may even talk of boys, kids, etc waiting for them in heaven and where will be end up. As if we are catering to all sexual needs.

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    It is none other than the Yahapalana Defence Sec who prevented the warnings from the Police Intelligence Report being made available to the Arch Bishop of the Catholic Church .

    That is the clear conclusion one can make from the response of this Defence Sec , when a respectable journalist from the West, quizzed him.

    The Journalist looked more informed , more cultured and more intelligent than this aging Yahapalana Employee… .
    And the Yahapalana Employee didn’t have the courtesy to even remove his sunnies and look in the face. when answering..

    All the journalist asked was why the Intelligence Report was not brought to the relevant people who could have minimised or even prevented this dastardly Terrorism ,specially the people who were organizing Holy Easter Festivities.,

    Instead of answering the Question directly ,this Defence Sec tried to go around the mulberry bush to cover up the “Cover Up”…
    His English and his manner of expressing didn’t suit a Secretary of a important Yahapalana Ministry, let alone the Department of Defence and National Security at this hour of need…

    This Defence Sec must be sacked , And sacked right now.

    I hope that Journalist takes it up with the Yahapalana mentors in the US and UK Embassies and ensure that the Defence People tell the truth and make sure the Defence Sec is sacked…
    Otherwise there can not be a guarantee that no more Explosions will occur till Dr Ranil goes to ask the people to vote for him again.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      You should take a walk to the High Commission of your all weather friend the archenemy of your mother country and meet up with representatives of their state within state.

      Ask them
      Why
      Why now
      Who benefits
      Any obsolete security systems for sale
      Any obsolete military hardwares for sale
      Contact details of their unofficial representative in this island
      ….

      ….

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    Our defence force maintained at such heavy budget is only to do scavenger job of collecting the debris after the event is over.The videos show how coolly the killers are going around with beard, back packs and in suspicious manner. It looks so cool for them to go about. What a shame and it is a total failure. Do we really need a minster of defence or secretary of defence or so many defence establishment while killers are going about so coolly to execute their crimes where ever they wanted. Before the killers first these guys in power ought to be taken to task. One cannot really blame the forces but the command line and it has behaved so stupidly. Some Muslims have already warned of such a plot yet no action. They have also discovered explosives, videos, plans etc long before and what have they done? They now say there were political interference. OK at least now deal with these crooks and expose them. Really we dont have a government in SL except some jokers only interested in making money and worried about election. The country is a big joke. Muslim politicians since of late are up to all kinds of mischief and power grab with the backing of other politicians and just see the results. Will we ever recover from this crime? Will our tourism ever recover? How about the innocent lives lost? Almost all the comfortable people have sent their children abroad and they are having one foot here and one foot there. The defence minister has to quit at once. Let them give up their racism and go hard on these criminals, immaterial who they are, and deal with them.

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    The main factor that hinders the progress of Sri Lanka is Communalism and too much of Religious freedom and Political interference . Drug Trafficking is another factor that helps in doing such mad things. The President should resign as he never invited PM and the Cabinet to discuss the warning letter at National Security Council. Mahinda and Gota are trying to make political capital out of the incident I am sure that a the Islamic group that carried out the bombing should have head quarters in Sri Lank.a. What is CID doing. They shooed find the link with some politicians. Middle eastern money is flowing to aggravate the situation. The POLICE needs reorganization. Police commission should look into it No organization should be allowed to operate without Business Registration Their constitution and objectives are mandatory . Names of Board of Directors should be available for CID to monitor

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    Why cant it be a planned attack by Mahinda Dynasty to give the message to voters that it will never happen when he was in rule as such vote for him and Gota. He has Muslim mouth piece called Zain Moulana
    The people who got killed are mostly Tamil Catholics and Foreigners . The attackers want to kill the country;s economy that depends on Tourism. I am certain that real Sri Lankan Muslims are interested in business and not in such activists These are mainly imported Terrorist. probably ISIS Why did the Police allow the guy to enter the St Anthony;s church to pray with a Bag in his back?. The Police should have checked each and every devotee who entered the church when they knew that there was a possible attack. It is a great lapse in the part of government specialty the inefficient President , Mahinda cunningly using the incident to boost Gota and himself. Ha ha ha it is big joke Mahinda said in the parliament that LTTE never do such attacks. It was True that their targets were government establishments as the fight was against the reciprocates of Malinda government It was Gota who killed the Tamil fighters who surrendered with white flags which was against Geneva convention . Sri Lanka would not have won the war if not for the support given bay more than 14 countries.

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    Interpol and other intelligence organizations work round the clock in many advanced countries and feed
    the world of imminent attacks by terrorists, free of charge and they did inform the top intelligence officials
    of Sri Lanka and due to infighting between the President & the Prime minister, the information about the imminent attack was not discussed at the highest level and let the blasts take place, however, there is
    some food for thought here as why the churches in areas populated by Tamils, that too in areas where the
    poor people lived, were attacked and not in areas where hardcore Sinhala Buddhists/Christians live.This is
    because those who attacked, feared retaliation as people like Gnanaseera thero & the Maha Sanga would not have kept quiet .Was there any compromise here by the intelligence officials backed by the”Politicos”
    is the question, that puzzles the minds of the minorities and will the govt. get the Interpol to investigate
    how the lapse in security occurred. Nothing of that sort will happen as the Presidential Election is round the corner, after all, the dead are mostly Tamils.
    UN should intervene and ask questions as to what the Govt. of Sri Lanka and the intelligence officials did
    when they received the intelligence report and why did they not take necessary precautions and why the
    President fled the country before the incident happened. What is UN there for ? What is Trump, destroyer of Terrorists orgs., and brags about it, doing about this attack.?

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    Our curse is our racism and politics both are closely interwoven. The way things are going and the kinds of people occupying the parliament I have my doubt there will be any real progress to salvage the country. Thugs and drug smugglers and murders have a comfortable hiding place in the parliament. When it comes to politics these goons have no racism or religion and all come together to protect their self interests. The singhala racist went behind Muslims and pampered them to destroy Tamils legitimate and honest struggle and to sabotage it. Muslims snatched the golden opportunity and finally hoodwinked the Sinhalese and now shown their extremist ideology well and truly. In a tiny country our so-called security services could not find out what was happening. Despite warnings and even naming the terrorists yet they could not stop the carnage as if they had a hand in it. Everywhere these bearded terrorist with heavy back packs were going around happily murdering the innocent.
    But yet it is still a mystery why these murderers ONLY targeted mostly Tamil Christians and even going all the way to Batticaloa. Thogh Buddhist extremists and fanatics were going after Muslims yet they did not touch any Buddhist places of worship. These criminals even attacked the ancient Buddhist places in Afganistan but why not here? The investigators have to find an answer to this. But will they be allowed to do their jobs by the political goons who have different agendas. Even after finding so many concrete evidences of terrorist attacks yet our PM of the Republic Claims he was not aware of it. Secretary to defence says he did not think it will be so serious! This guy has to be kicked out at once. President was at the feet of Thirupathiyan offering poojas to win elections while he kept to himself the impending attack. What can Thirupathiyan do? This is our fate of this country some one calls it a Kuveni’s Curse.

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    Relevant questions raised by Lanka watch. This is the second mistake made y the President before he makes the third mistake impeach him . Let him go Buddha Gaya after impeachment

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    Kochchikade church is not a multi-religious church/palliya. What is a multi-religious church/palliya anyways? Can you show me one please? Whoever wrote this piece cunningly avoided the word church and used palliya.

    FYI Kochchikade is purely and solely a Catholic church dedicated to St. Anthony. There are no religious icons or figures of Buddhists or Hindus or Muslims in the church nor are there any other religious ceremonies or services held in the church other than Catholic services and ceremonies. Daily there are masses and this is solely a Catholic church. So please stop spreading rumours about the nature and belonging of this church. Before we know there will be a situation where everybody starts claiming its theirs and we will have another conflict.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      “There are no religious icons or figures of Buddhists or Hindus or Muslims in the church nor are there any other religious ceremonies or services held in the church other than Catholic services and ceremonies.”

      Have you ever visited the St Anthony’s Church, Kataragama, Madu, Nallur, Nainative, Saman Devalaya, …………. Lourdes, Thirupathi, ………………. and what did you see at these holy places? What did you see?

      Irrespective of race, religion, region people come to congregate at these holy places. That should be the criteria for “multi-religious church/palliya” not the narrow western and Sinhala/Buddhist fascist interpretation (whatever that maybe).

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    muslims found that tamils are powerless and supported the sinhala state in its attempts to
    curb tamil nationalism and got the reward handsomely. some of them took the advantage and joined the extremist groups unchecked. the tamil opinion plus sinhala opinion is unreasonably anti muslim for this reason. unreasonable because of the acions of the self seeking muslim leadership who gained mostly.
    -J.Dayan

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