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Finland condemns attacks in SL churches, hotels

21 Apr 2019, 14:43 ( 1 Month ago) | updated: 21 Apr 2019, 23:24 ( 1 Month ago)

DF Report
People wait outside a hotel where a blast took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019. Photo Xinhua/Tang Lu.

Finland condemned the attacks in three churches and three hotels in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Sunday.

President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in separate messages strongly condemned the blasts that killed at least 207 people.

They expressed their condolence on behalf of the country and Finnish government.

”Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. Finland strongly condemns these acts of terror and the people behind them,”  said Niinistö in a twitter post of the President Office.

Sipilä in his twitter post also expressed empathy to families and friends of the victims.

“Saddened by the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. We follow the situation closely. My thoughts are with the wounded and the families and friends of the victims. We firmly condemn these cowardly acts,” said Sipilä.

Multiple blasts which shook Sri Lanka on Sunday have taken lives of 207 people while more than 450 others were injured, and a curfew has been declared nationwide, Sri Lankan authorities said.

Altogether eight explosions have ripped through the country so far, with six blasts hitting in the morning and two in the afternoon. The curfew has been imposed from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. local time on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.