President Donald Trump is offering “wholehearted condolences” after the lethal terror attacks in Sri Lanka, signing up with other world leaders who have condemned the Easter Sunday atrocity that claimed 207 lives.
More than 200 people were eliminated and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries after a series of blasts devastated three churches and 3 high-end hotels in the Asian nation.
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers sincere condolences to the terrific people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
Pope Francis knocked the “vicious violence” of the attacks and is wishing all those who are experiencing the bloodshed.
He included an appeal at the end of his standard Easter Sunday true blessing to address the massacre which killed more than 130 individuals.
Speaking from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said: “I wish to reveal my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such harsh violence.”
He added: “I turn over to the Lord all those who were unfortunately eliminated and hope for the hurt and all those who are suffering as an outcome of this remarkable occasion.”
French President Emmanuel Macron added his voice in a tweet:
We are deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. We strongly condemn these pain in the neck acts. We wait individuals of Sri Lanka and our ideas go out to the enjoyed among the victims on this Easter Sunday. https://t.co/NytqQP9aE7
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 21, 2019
British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned what she called the “truly terrible” attacks in Sri Lanka.
May said on Twitter that “The acts of violence versus churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly terrible, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this awful time.”
She included, “We must stand together to ensure that nobody ought to ever have to (practice) their faith in worry.”
The acts of violence versus churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are genuinely terrible, and my deepest compassions head out to all of those affected at this terrible time.
We should stand together to make certain that nobody should ever need to practise their faith in worry.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 21, 2019
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the blasts “an attack on all of humanity,” while Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced them as “vicious and negative.”