NEGOMBO: Chilling CCTV footage has emerged showing a suicide bomber calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into a packed Sri Lankan church, unleashing carnage, reports AFP.
The images capture the final seconds of serenity before the calm was shattered with a series of coordinated attacks that would between them claim more than 350 lives at six sites across Sri Lanka.Security camera footage from outside St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo shows a bearded man in a light blue shirt, navy trousers and sandals appear on a pathway and cross a courtyard outside the church.
As he approaches his target, he passes a young girl and briefly pats her head and shoulder, with the young girl glancing up at him as he continues on towards the church.
The girl is the granddaughter of Dilip Fernando. The 66-year-old retiree had come to St Sebastian’s for Mass, but seeing how crowded it was, decided to try and find a service elsewhere.
That decision probably saved their lives. Some of his family, including his granddaughter, stayed but were outside the church and survived.
Inside, the service was drawing to an end and the hundreds who crammed in to celebrate Easter Mass were preparing to leave.