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World leaders condemn Sri Lanka Easter bombings

ECONOMYNEXT – UN’s Secretary General and World leaders have condemned Easter Sunday blasts which killed over 200 persons including worshipers at three churches and foreigners at hotels.

Three policemen who went to question suspects at an apparent safe house in a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo were also killed in a blast later in the day.

"I condemn the heinous terrorist attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a sacred day for Christians," US Secretary General António Guterres  said in a twitter.com message.

"The UN stands in solidarity with Sri Lanka as the global community fights hatred and violent extremism together. Holy sites must be respected."

State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said an extremists were behind the attacks, without naming a specific group. Police said at least three suspects have been arrested so far, while more have been questioned.

"138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels," US President Donald Trump said.

"The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!"

"The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time," British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

"We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear."

(Colombo, April 21, 2019-SB)






"It was with horror and sadness that I heard of the bombings in #SriLanka costing the lives of so many people," President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said.

"I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims who had gathered to worship peacefully or come to visit this beautiful country. We stand ready to support."

(Colombo, April 21, 2019-SB)



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