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Sri Lanka observes nationwide 3 mins silence for bomb victims

  • Published at 11:40 am April 23rd, 2019
Sri Lankan priests and relatives bless the coffins of bomb blast victims after a funeral service at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 23, 2019, two days after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka began a day of national mourning on April 23 with three minutes of silence to honour nearly 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP
Sri Lankan priests and relatives bless the coffins of bomb blast victims after a funeral service at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 23, 2019 AFP

The government has declared a full day of national mourning on Tuesday

Sri Lankans across the island nation observed three minutes of silence early Tuesday to pay tribute to over 300 people killed in a string of suicide attacks.

National flags were lowered and people bowed their heads as the silence began at 8:30am local time, the time the first of six attacks occurred on Sunday.

The government has declared a full day of national mourning on Tuesday, with flags at all government institutions lowered to half mast, liquor shops ordered shut and radio stations and television channels expected to play sombre music.

At St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo where the first suicide bomb detonated on Sunday morning, a crowd of several dozen people held up candles and prayed silently, palms pressed together, eyes squeezed shut.

Some of them struggled to hold back tears, and as the three minutes drew to a close, the crowd began to recite prayers.