In what will be remembered as a violent and truly emotional Easter week for the Christian world for years to come, reports are continuing to flow out of Sri Lanka regarding the devastating bombings which killed roughly around 290 Christians and injured hundreds more. One report from Fox News focusing on the various tourists that were attending Easter services tells us that three of Danish businessman Anders Holch Polven’s four children died as a result of the bombing.
Reporter Katherine Lam wrote that “Holch Povlsen, his wife Anne Holch Povlsen and the couple’s four children were in Colombo during the Easter holiday when the suicide bombing occurred. They were staying at the Shangri-La hotel, which was targeted by two suicide bombers Sunday, Forbes reported.”
A statement was provided by one of Polvsen’s companies, stating “Unfortunately, we cannot confirm the reports… We ask you to respect the privacy of the family and we, therefore, have no further comments.” No further information was provided to the press, and as of now the names of three deceased children and the one surviving child have not been released.
As the death toll rises and more information begins to flow through various sources as to who the perpetrators are, there is now a clearer picture about who coordinated the multiple suicide bombings. In a statement provided to the New York Times, Anne Speckhard, Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism wrote “These attacks appear to be quite different and look as if they came right out of the ISIS, Al Qaeda, global militant jihadist playbook, as these are attacks fomenting religious hatred by attacking multiple churches on a high religious holiday.” Speckhard appears to be backed up by the Sri Lankan government, who has come out stating that the Muslim extremist group National Thowheek Jaamath was responsible for the bombings.
What is very alarming is that the Sri Lankan has admitted to knowing of the potential for the coordinated bombings up to a week in advance. Another Fox report states that “Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando tweeted, ‘Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored.’”
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the victims of the Sri Lanka terrorist attack and has, as of 4/23/19, raised almost $60,000. Warning: some of the images posted are extremely graphic.
More information to come as this is still currently an active story.
Sources: Fox News, Forbes, New York Times