India on Sunday strongly condemned the serial blasts in eight locations in Sri Lanka in which at least 156 people have been killed and injured.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” a statement from the Indian foreign ministry said.
The eight blasts early on Sunday morning at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed 160 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, a Reuter’s report said.
Around six percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is followed by the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils alike.
Colombo: Sri Lankan police officers clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured of Church blasts in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo: AP
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“India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and has urged concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror,” the indian statement said.
India, the statement said called “for perpetrators of such ghastly and heinous act and those who provide them support to be brought to justice expeditiously.”
“We stand together with the people and Government of Sri Lanka in this hour of grief,” it added.
The blasts are the bloodiest since 30 year long civil war came to an end in Sri Lanka in May 2009.