World leaders condemn Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka
Sunday 21/April/2019 - 01:12 PM
Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of St Ant
The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist bombings that targeted churches and hotels in Colombo، Sri Lanka، according to Gulf News.
In a statement on Sunday، the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation، MoFAIC، said that the UAE affirmed its firm stance against all forms of violence، terrorism and extremism، targeting all without distinction between religion and race.
The statement added the UAE stands in solidarity with the government and people of Sri Lanka in their fight against violence and extremism.
UAE has expressed condolences to the government of Sri Lanka and to the families of the victims، wishing speedy recovery for the injured.
Bahrain، meanwhile، said "these acts of terrorism are incompatible with religious principles and human and moral values."
Sri Lankan president، prime minister and other political leaders strongly condemned a series of coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels on Sunday that left over 156 dead and urged people to be patient while vowing to bring to justice those responsible for the barbaric act.
Authorities in Sri Lanka have launched a massive security operation and imposed a curfew after a wave of bombs in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 150 people and injured hundreds، The Guardian reported.
The eight blasts، some of which officials said were suicide bomb attacks، appeared timed to cause maximum casualties among worshippers attending Easter services.
In one church، St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya، north of the capital، Colombo، more than 50 people had been killed، a police official said. Much of the church roof was blown out in the explosion، with roof tiles and splintered wood littering the floor and pools of blood in between wounded worshippers.
In total، three churches and four hotels were targeted. The other explosion was in a house in Colombo، authorities said.
Holy Land Catholics condemn attacks
The Catholic Church in the Holy Land has voiced support for Sri Lanka's Christians and condemned Easter Sunday attacks.
A statement issued in Jerusalem said the blasts were particularly sad as they "came while Christians celebrate Easter."
"We pray for the souls of the victims and ask for speedy recovery of the injured، and ask God to inspire the terrorists to repent of their killing and intimidation،" the statement said.
"We also express our solidarity with Sri Lanka and all its inhabitants in their various religious and ethnic backgrounds."
Pakistan condemned the explosions
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan took to twitter to condem the attacks.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Sunday said in a Tweet that people and government of Pakistan stand by people and government of Sri Lanka at this moment of tragedy.
Indian President condemn bombings
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the mass killings by suicide bombers in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday، saying India stood in solidarity with the island nation.
"India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country،" Kovind tweeted.
"Such senseless violence، aimed at innocent people، has no place in civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka."
Modi added: "Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured."
A string of explosions rocked churches and hotels in Colombo and elsewhere during Easter Sunday.
Russia's Putin condemns Sri Lanka attacks
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced a series of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka as "cruel and cynical."
In a telegram of condolences sent to his Sri Lankan counterpart، the Russian leader said Moscow remains a "reliable partner of Sri Lanka in the fight against international terrorism."
He added that the Russians "share the grief of the relatives of those killed and wish a quick recovery to all those who were wounded".
Putin voiced confidence that "the perpetrators and the masterminds of such a cruel and cynical crime committed amid the Easter festivities will take the punishment they deserve."
Turkey condemns attacks
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the attacks، calling them "an assault on all of humanity."
In comments posted on Twitter، Erdogan offered his condolences to families of the victims and to the people of Sri Lanka.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "Regardless of the motive، the attack in Sri Lanka is the same as the traitorous attack in Christchurch: cowardly، barbaric and cruel."
He was referring to last month's attacks against two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayers that killed 50 people.
Sri Lanka attacks 'truly appalling': British PM
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the deadly string of Easter Sunday attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka as "truly appalling".
"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. We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear،" she said on Twitter.
European leaders horrified at Sri Lanka attacks
European leaders are expressing horror at the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in a message to his Sri Lankan counterpart that he was "stunned and horrified" by the "cowardly terror attacks." Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wrote on Twitter that he was "deeply shaken and concerned by (the) devious terrorist attacks."
The head of the European Union's executive Commission، Jean-Claude Juncker، said he learned of the bombings "with horror and sadness."
The Netherlands: 'Terrible reports'
"Terrible reports from Sri Lanka about bloody attacks on hotels and churches on this Easter Sunday،" Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tweeted after the attacks first emerged.
"Thoughts are with the victims and their relatives."
Australia: 'Terrorist attack'
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was thinking of those killed in a "horrific terrorist attack".
"To the beautiful people of Sri Lanka، Australia sends its heartfelt sympathies and our prayers and our support - and our offer to do whatever we can to support you in this terrible time of need،" he said in a statement.
"At this time as Easter Sunday draws to a conclusion here in Australia، our heart goes out to those Christians and all of those other innocents who have been slaughtered today in this horrific terrorist attack."
New Zealand: 'Devastating'
A month after dozens of Muslims were killed in a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch، New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as "devastating".
"New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism، and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil on the 15th of March. To see an attack in Sri Lanka while people were in churches and at hotels is devastating.
"New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely. Collectively we must find the will and the answers to end such violence."