Sri Lanka bomb blasts: Sports fraternity expresses shock over ‘brutal act of inhumanity’

A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. (Source: Reuters)

More than a 207 people died and over 400 got injured during eight bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels on Easter Day on Sunday. The sports fraternity expressed shock over the ‘brutal act of inhumanity’ and expressed their condolences following the incident.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held an emergency meeting and 200 troops have been deployed to carry out relief operations. The motive for the attacks remains unclear. However, as per AFP reports, Sri Lankan police chief had issued alerts of possible attacks in "prominent churches" 10 days ahead of the blasts.

Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Sania Mirza, among other Indian athletes, expressed shock and grief over the incidents. Here are some of the reactions:

Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddhist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.