“I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” Ranil Wickremesinghe wrote on Twitter shortly after the attack on Sunday morning.
I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) April 21, 2019
He said that officials are taking steps to “contain the situation,” and urged people not to spread “unverified reports and speculation.”
Three luxury hotels and three churches were targeted by explosions as worshipers gathered for Easter Sunday Masses.
The nation’s president Maithripala Sirisena said that the government has launched an investigation into the attacks. Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, meanwhile, called the attacks “a well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem and anarchy.”
Easter Sunday bomb blasts in churches & hotels, killing many innocent people seems to be a well coordinated attempt to create murder,mayhem & anarchy.All those who cherish democracy,freedom & economic prosperity must unite now with nerves of steel to defeat this heinous attempt.
— Mangala Samaraweera (@MangalaLK) April 21, 2019