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12:00 AM, April 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:28 AM, April 23, 2019

‘Horrific’, ‘cruel’, ‘sad’

Religious and world leaders condemn deadly blasts in Sri Lanka


Pope Francis expressed his sadness over the attacks during his traditional Easter address at the Vatican. “I want to express my affectionate closeness with the Christian community, attacked while it was at prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” he said.


A month after dozens of Muslims were killed in a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the Sri Lanka 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.”


“I cannot imagine a human being could target the peaceful on their celebration day,” tweeted Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world’s foremost religious institution. “Those terrorists’ perverted disposition goes against the teachings of all religions.”


US President Donald Trump tweeted: “Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels. “We stand ready to help!”


“This kind of terror attack can never be tolerated. I strongly condemn it,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement: “Our heart goes out to those Christians and all of those other innocents who have been slaughtered today in this horrific terrorist attack.”


“Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured,” tweeted Pakistan’s leader Imran Khan.


Narendra Modi, the leader of neighbouring India, condemned the “serial terrorist attacks” in a government statement, which said the “attacks were another grim reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world”.


EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his “horror and sadness” at the blasts, while EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the attacks marked “a truly sad day for the country and for the world”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement published on Twitter that “religious hate and intolerance that have showed themselves in such a terrible way today must not win”.


“I would like to reassert that Russia has been and remains a reliable partner of Sri Lanka in combating the threat of international terrorism,” President Vladimir Putin said in a Kremlin statement.


“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses in the name of Israel’s citizens deep shock over the murderous attacks against innocent civilians in Sri Lanka,” a government statement said.


“Terribly saddened by terrorist attacks on Sri Lankan worshippers during Easter,” tweeted Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif. “Terrorism is a global menace with no religion: it must be condemned & confronted globally.”

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