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Perth’s Sri Lankan community unites in prayer after bombings

It might be a world away but the pain, shock and confusion the bombings have caused in Sri Lanka are also being felt just as acutely here in Perth.

About 200 people from the WA Sri Lankan community gathered at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Maddington to pray for the dead, the wounded and their country.

It was a Christian service but it was open to people of all faiths.

Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus — a congregation of unity — sending a message of peace.

Leading the service was Father Ajith Perera, who’s visiting from Sri Lanka.

He only found out this morning his aunt had been killed in the bomb blast at the San Sebastian Church. Her two children were with her but survived.

“And those two kids also got injured, but the news as I heard, she was dead on the spot,” Ajith Perera said.

Today was supposed to be a day of celebration for Perth’s Sri Lankan community.

Thousands were expected to mark Sri Lankan new year but the bombings saw those festivities cancelled.

“I cannot believe that such, such could have happened on Easter Sunday — when the whole country celebrates.”

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