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    June 30, 2019

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the reconstruction of the Batticaloa Zion Church to be completed prior to Christmas this year. While commending the Army Engineering Corps for their efforts to rebuild the church, the Premier said the work should be completed before the religiously significant holiday for Christians. The church suffered extensive damages while scores of churchgoers were killed by a suicide bomber linked to the National Thawheed Jamath (NTJ) on Easter Sunday.

    The Prime Minister gave these instructions while visiting the Zion Church in Batticaloa yesterday (29). He met the victims of the attack and offered his sympathies to those affected, wishing a speedy recovery to others who suffered injuries.The Premier, assured the people that the United National Party (UNP) will ensure the security of the country’s people and its religious places. “The Easter Sunday attacks caused us a lot of grief,” Wickremesinghe said. He also visited the Puliyantivu St. Mary’s Cathedral and met the religious leaders in the area. Chief Pastor of the Zion Church Rev. Romesh Maheshan, Former Eastern Provincial Councilor S.Sasitharan and the security forces were present.

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