With nearly 129 killed and 400 injured in the Colombo bombings that occurred on Easter Sunday, President of India Ram Nath Kovind offered condolences to the people and government, further extending solidarity and prayers to citizens of Sri Lanka.
Taking to Twitter, Kovind issued a tweet condemning the terror attacks. He mentioned that such senseless violence aiming at innocent people does not have a place in the civilised society.
Here’s what the President tweeted:
There was a series of six simultaneous bombings beginning from around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera informed.
The attacks targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. Three explosions were also reported from the five-star hotels, the Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury.
Dr. Samindi Samarakoon, a spokesperson from the Colombo National Hospital said that at least 280 people have been admitted with serious injuries.
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe and many other Indian leaders also took to Twitter condemning the Colombo bombings and issuing condolences.
Wickremesinghe, extending support to the people of his country tweeted:
PM Modi extended solidarity and prayers for the victims in his tweet saying:
India’s Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj announced that she is in constant contact with Colombo's Indian High Commission along with assisting with emergency helpline numbers.