Six near-simultaneous explosions rocked three churches and three hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, 21 April, killing at least 137 people and injuring over 400 others, in one of the deadliest blasts in the island nation's history.
Condolences poured in from journalists, cricketers and the film fraternity condemning the attack on Twitter. “Where is this hatred coming from, to target a community on a day so sacred,” journalist Rana Ayyub said.
Terming the attacks as “terror in the name of religion,” journalist Manak Gupta expressed his remorse and said, “Terrible terrible news from Sri Lanka. Multiple blasts in Churches on Easter Sunday. Has to be Terror in the name of religion. What has the world come to..!!! Sad.”
Close to 60 killed so far and 300 injured. A blood Easter sunday for Sri Lanka. Where is this hatred coming from, to target a community on a day so sacred. https://t.co/T7p7zwNOgN— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) April 21, 2019
Oh God, now reports of 100 killed in the serial blasts .. This is really disturbing .. prayers for #SriLanka— Gargi Rawat (@GargiRawat) April 21, 2019
Shocked, saddened and outraged over the #SriLanka explosions on this pious day. Hearing of five blasts so far.— RadhakrishnanRK (@RKRadhakrishn) April 21, 2019
Thoughts with people of #SriLanka as it faces one of the worst terrorist acts in recent times. When will this madness stop?— Anuj Singhal अनुज सिंघल (@_anujsinghal) April 21, 2019
6 explosions, 3 in 5-star hotels, 3 in churches, more than 300 people injured. latest reports say up to 160 people may have been killed. police say there was intl of "possible suicide attacks". con tinuous coverage and latest updates on @WIONews #SriLanka #EasterSunday— palki sharma (@palkisu) April 21, 2019
‘Deeply Saddened & Shocked by the Tragic Attacks’
Celebrities also took to Twitter to express their condemnation of the attacks. “Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It’s unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop!” Actress Jacqueline Fernandez tweeted.
Actor Vivek Oberoi termed the attack as an “act of cowardice on a day of prayer.” “My sincere prayers with the victims and their families. We are all with you Sri Lanka. Please stay safe,” he said.
Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It’s unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop !— Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) April 21, 2019
Srilanka ?????? spare the innocent!!! Damn it !!!! ?— Gauahar Khan (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) April 21, 2019
Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic and terrible attacks in #SriLanka. An act of cowardice on a day of prayer, shame on these terrorists. My sincere prayers with the victims and their families. We are all with you #SriLanka. Please stay safe ?— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) April 21, 2019
So sad to hear about the senseless killing of innocent people in one of my favourite places on earth- Srilanka. We are with you . ??❤️— Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) April 21, 2019
‘Shattered With This News From Sri Lanka’
Indian Cricketers KL Rahul, Harbhajan Singh, among others said, they were saddened with the news coming in from Sri Lanka. “Shocked and saddened to hear the news of the Sri Lanka bombings. All my prayers and thoughts for people of Sri Lanka,” KL Rahul said.
“A time of pain, introspection. A time to rise above such targeted hate.Many many prayers for families uprooted, souls departed,” Cricketer Mithali Raj tweeted.
Shocked and saddened to hear the news of the Sri Lanka bombings. All my prayers and thoughts for people of Srilanka.— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) April 21, 2019
Shattered with this news coming from Sri Lanka #SriLankaBlast prayers are with Sri Lanka & People ?— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 21, 2019
Deeply saddened by the terrible attacks in #SriLanka .My sincere prayers with the people of Sri Lanka in this very difficult time.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 21, 2019
Minutes after my Easter wishes,horrific news comes from Sri Lanka. Over 700 dead & injured. Shocked, angered, hurt. It's a time of bereavement for us all. A time of pain, introspection.A time to rise above such targeted hate.Many many prayers for familes uprooted, souls departed— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) April 21, 2019
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