News by emailDonate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Sri-Lanka-Easter-attack-2019-grief-main_article_image.jpg
AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena
World News

Shocked members of London church bereaved by Sri Lanka attacks

Elim Tamil Church, which meets at a school near Woodgrange Park, said family members of a small number of its members were among the dead.

Senior Pastor Daniel Stanley told Premier: "It's absolutely devastating.

"Ten years after civil year, we did not even imagine these kinds of attacks would take place again and that these kinds of tragedies would take place again."

Nine explosions - including seven by suicide bombers - have left almost 300 people dead, according to senior Sri Lankan authorities.

AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne

Eight Britons are thought to be among the dead. Twenty-four suspects are in custody, officials say.

Blasts struck three churches - St Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, St Sebastian's in Negombo and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.

The Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Shangri-La hotels were among other locations targeted.

Pastor Stanley said he had personally checked with everyone at his church to find out whether they had been affected.

AP Photo

He added: "We can't take this again after ten years of civil war. This has to be stopped and every spirit of terrorism has to be stopped.

"Just kneel down and pray earnestly for the people of Sri Lanka."

Local militant group National Thowfeek Jamaath was accused by the Sri Lankan health minister on Monday of being responsible for the bombings.

Click here to listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking with Pastor Daniel Stanley:

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate