AT News Report
KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan leaders on Sunday strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, in which hundreds of people were killed and wounded.
Officials in Sri Lanka said that 207 people were killed, 450 others wounded as explosions hit four hotels and three churches in an around Colombo, the capital city, as well as at Batticaloa in east of the country. Totally seven blasts occurred and so far no terrorist group claimed responsibility. Several other people have been arrested in connection of allegedly behind the attack. Sri Lankan officials also imposed immediate curfew after serious of attacks.
“On behalf of the Afghan people, President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemns the Sri Lanka Blast, and sends his deepest condolences to the victims and their families who lost their dear ones on this sacred Easter Sunday,” Presidential Palace said in a tweet message.
“Attacking churches and hotels and targeting worshipers is appalling, and Afghanistan strongly condemns this heinous act of terror. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and we stand in solidarity with Sri Lanka on this dark day.”
Ministry of Foreign Affrays also condemned it in strongest terms.
“Expressing its sympathy with the people and government of Sri Lanka, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan wishes patience for the families of the victims and quick recovery for the wounded. We stand firm by the side of Sri Lanka,” the ministry said in a statement.
Former National Security Advisor and presidential election runner, Mohammad Haneet Atmar said he was shocked by reporters of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
“Yesterday our own capital Kabul was attacked but terrorist and several innocent lives were lost. We Afghans feel the pain inflicted by mindless terrorist violence everywhere. I condemn such violence and its perpetrators,” he said.
“Afghanistan condemns, in strongest terms, the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka this morning. The President was saddened to hear the shocking news. As victims of the worst form of terrorism ourselves, we understand and share the pain the great nation of Sri Lankan is going through,” Waheed Omer, Senior Advisor to President Ghani and ex-Ambassador to Italy said.
Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, Senior Advisor on Political and Public Affairs of President Ghani through social media condemned Sri Lank terrorist attacks.
“I strongly condemn the terrible blasts targeted churches and hotels in Sri Lanka; my deepest sympathies are with Sri Lankan nation and victim’s families; this is an attack on humanism and shared values.
A series of coordinated explosions have rocked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, in which hundreds were killed and wounded. At least 35 foreigners were among the dead, the officials said.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country, which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.