GAYA – Buddhist monks at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya conducted a prayer meeting and took out a candlelight march last night for the victims of the serial bombings that took place in Sri Lanka on April 21.
“Many civilians were killed in the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. I think that terrorism should have no place in this world. This prayer is for the peace of the souls of those who died in the attack,” said a Buddhist monk.
At least 209 people have lost their lives and more than 500 injured in the multiple blasts that rocked churches and hotels of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Eight explosions rattled various suburbs in Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Negombo, Kochchikade and Batticaloa as the Christian community celebrated Easter Sunday. Out of the deceased, dozens of people have been identified as foreigners.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet. However, Sri Lankan minister Rajitha Senaratne says National Tawheed Jamaat – a radical Muslim outfit, is suspected to be behind devastating Easter blasts. All suicide bombers are believed to be Sri Lankan nationals, said Senaratne.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to declare nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday following Easter Day blasts.