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Saudi Arabia Denounces Series of Terrorist Bombings in Sri Lanka

Saudi Arabia Denounces Series of Terrorist Bombings in Sri Lanka

Sunday, 21 April, 2019 - 11:30
Relatives of a victim of the explosion at St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church react at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019.
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An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed Saudi Arabia’s condemnation and denunciation of the series of terrorist bombings in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, which resulted in killing and injuring dozens of innocent people.

The source expressed condolences to the families of the victims, the government and the people of Sri Lanka, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The source further stressed the need for concerted international efforts to combat terrorism which threatens security and stability all over the world without exception.

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 207 people and wounded more than 400 on Sunday, hospital and police officials said.

The bloody attack drove condemnations from world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and other officials.

"Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels," Trump tweeted.

Erdogan also condemned the deadly incident and described the terror attacks as "an assualt on all humanity."

“Deep sorrow following the terrorist attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. We firmly condemn these heinous acts. All our solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka and our thoughts go out to all victims’ relatives on this Easter Day,” said Macron in a tweet.

For his part, Pope Francis expressed his sadness addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square.

"I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely today, Easter, brought mourning and pain to churches and other places where people were gathered in Sri Lanka."

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