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Charity walk in aid of Sri Lanka bombing victims takes place in Belfast

The charity walk raised almost £1,000 in aid of victims of the Easter bombing attack in Sri Lanka. Picture by Ann McManus.

A WALK in aid of victims of the Sri Lanka Easter bombings took place in Belfast yesterday to help hundreds of people still suffering from devastating injuries after the attacks.

The cross-community inter-faith event was organised by campaigner Menik Glynn, who said she wanted to raise awareness about the tragedy as well as vital funds.

"It went very well and people were very happy to take part, we raised almost £1,000," she said.

Former SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness was among those who attended the event, which began at City Hall.

Mrs Glynn, who is originally from Sri Lanka and now living in south Belfast with her family, said aid is desperately needed for the survivors who have been "crippled physically and mentally".

Suicide bombers killed at least 253 people and injured some 500 at churches and top-end hotels across Sri Lanka in a co-ordinated campaign blamed on local jihadists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.

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