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Sri Lankan cardinal urges independent probe on Easter attack

Posted at 9:34 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 12:34:09-04

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The head of the Roman Catholic Church has called for an independent and transparent commission to investigate the Easter Sunday attack that killed 263 people.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said Wednesday that he has no faith in the investigations to date — one by a commission and one by a committee — into the April 23 attack.

He urged a “transparent commission comprising independent persons in the correct manner acceptable to all and reveal the whole truth regarding this attack to the public.”

Seven suicide bombers from a local Muslim group, National Thowheed Jammath, attacked three churches and three luxury hotels in the worst violence by the Islamic State-linked militants in South Asia.