Guwahati, April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday turned into a blood bath in Sri Lanka after seven explosions rocked the capital city of Colombo on April 21st, 2019 leaving several killed and thousands hospitalised.
The first blast was reported at St Anthony’s Shrine, a well-known Catholic church in the capital Colombo. The second deadly explosion was then confirmed at St Sebastian’s, a church in the town of Negombo, north of the capital. Another blast was confirmed at a church in the town of Batticaloa.
Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels, the Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. The seventh blast was heard near the Tropical Inn hotel opposite Dehiwala Zoo. The eight blast was reported from Dematagoda area in Colombo.
Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj said that she is in constant communication with the Indian High Commissioner there. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.
Former Chief Minister of Assam and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi condemned the attacks. “Strongly condemn the horrific incident of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. Such a cowardly act of terrorism has no place in our society. We stand in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers with the injured,” tweeted Gogoi.
Strongly condemn the horrific incident of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. Such cowardly act of terrorism has no place in our society. We stand in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.
— Tarun Gogoi (@tarun_gogoi) April 21, 2019
“I am deeply shocked to hear this horrible news on a day meant for peace and compassion. We strongly condemn this cowardly attack on innocent lives. Our prayers are with the people of
#SriLanka today. May God give them strength,” tweeted Ripun Bora, president, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee.
I condemn the terror attack in Sri Lanka. My prayers are with the people who are victims of this cowardly act. #SriLankaExplosions
— Sushmita Dev (@sushmitadevmp) April 21, 2019
“Presbyterian Church of India, a body of 1.4 million Church members, condemned the act of cowardly extremists in Sri Lanka during this day of Easter celebration where hundreds of precious souls lost their lives and many were injured. The Presbyterian Church of India conveys it’s deepest sense of sadness and condolence to the bereaved families and prays for God’s healing touch to the injured ones as well. May the Almighty God bless everyone who engaged themselves in helping those affected families in these incidents, “said Rev G S Lyttan, Senior Administrative Secretary, Presbyterian Church of India, Shillong.
Meanwhile, heavy security has been deployed at the Bandaranaike International Airport after the multiple explosions in the country. Riot police, along with Special Task Force, extra police security has been deployed around the airport. WhatsApp, Viber and other social media platforms have been blocked in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Defence Minister orders night curfew after blasts.
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The Easter Sunday blasts is said to be one of the biggest attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago in Sri Lanka.