On Saturday, April 27, a 19-year-old gunman opened fire in a San Diego synagogue on the last day of Passover. Meanwhile on April 21, Easter Sunday morning, coordinated suicide bombings took place at three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Officials in Sri Lanka say this was the worst violence since the civil war between Sinhalese and Tails ended 10 years ago.
Sri Lanka’s Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the Easter Morning terrorists attacks that killed 321 people and wounded hundreds of others were carried out in retaliation for the shootings by a white supremacists at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March.
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The defense minister further stated that an Islamic extremist group called National Thowheed Jamaath claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings, the defense minister said. The Islamic State (ISIS) later claimed responsibility for the bombings.
San Diego police authorities said the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed one person and injured three others, including the Rabbi of the synagogue, was arrested shortly after the shooting. In what police believe was a “manifesto” posted online before the shooting, the shooter wrote that he was inspired by shootings that killed numerous people at a Pittsburg synagogue in 2018 and at two New Zealand mosques last month.
Needless to say, prayer is needed for survivors of the San Diego shooting. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka continues to mourn for the bombing victims and the survivors. Please join us in prayer that:
• The God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) to comfort the families of the bombing victims and survivors in Sri Lanka and those who were killed and injured in the synagogue shooting in San Diego.
• God will give the police and civil authorities wisdom to know how to pursue and prosecute those responsible for planning the attack in Sri Lanka and San Diego.
• Another religious or other extremist individual or group will not retaliate and set off more terrorists attacks in another location.
• God will expose other terrorist attacks that may be planned in Sri Lanka.
• People will not live in fear in anticipation of another suicide bombing or shooting during any religious services.