Sri Lanka bomb blasts: Share the information with us, Muslims urged

Sri Lanka bomb blasts: Share the information with us, Muslims urged

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Muslim Religious Affairs Minister Mohamed Hashim Abdul Haleem has called upon mosques to play a vital role in information gathering from the Muslim community in view of the bomb blasts over the weekend.

Speaking at a press conference he claimed that the bomb attacks on Easter Sunday was an attempt to break the Sri Lankan community.

“What happened is an attempt to break the harmony of the community. For so many years we have lived like brothers,” said the 62 year old Hashim of the United National Party.

“What is the motive for the blasts? We don’t know. It is unfortunate to know that some of our brothers are involved,” he said.

“We were shattered to know that some of our brothers are also involved.

He also urged the Muslims in Sri Lanka to share information.

“We have mosques. If you have any information, please let us know ,” he added at the press conference.

The press conference was also attended by Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Abdul Rauff Hibbathul Hakeem. Rauff is also Sri Lanka Muslim Congress president.

Also present in the press conference was Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen of All Ceylon Makkal Congress.

The nine bomb blasts on Easter Sunday caused the deaths of 325 and left 600 injured. Nine Muslims were identified as perpetrators but details are still scarce as only one has been identified.

It has been confirmed that the coordinated bomb blasts were carried out with the involvement of foreigners.

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