Holidays should be a time of joy and peace.
And on Easter Sunday, explosions erupted on the island of Sri Lanka.
Nearly three hundred people died during attacks on local churches and hotels. Many more were seriously injured.
At the time of the attacks many were attending Easter Mass. A number of others were having breakfast in hotel dining rooms at that time.
The Sri Lankan government says that the small radical terrorist group NTJ is responsible for the attacks.
After the attacks, it was revelaed that the Sri Lankan police had been warned about the possibility of an attack.
Now, the authorities are investigating why these warnings were not taken seriously.
A state of emergency has been declared in the country. As a result, police officers and soldiers will be able to detain and question potential suspects without the special permission of the court.
Because of civil war, Sri Lanka has already experienced similar outbreaks of violence in the past. Nevertheless, this attack due to its ruthlessness and the large number of victims, has shaken the country hard. Many predict that it will take years before the wounds that the attackers have made on the island will heal.
Today is a day of mourning in Sri Lanka.
The original version of this article was published on April 23rd.