In three Catholic churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, several explosions occurred almost simultaneously. According to police, 156 people were killed and more than 300 people injured. The incidents cause consternation worldwide.
"Stunned and horrified, I follow the terrible news of the cowardly terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, where so many innocent people were killed and many more were injured," said Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. It was particularly vile that many peaceful worshipers in churches on Easter Sunday were targets of these insidious attacks. "Germany stands by your side in the determination to oppose the inhuman terror."
The federal government was also affected. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter: "We mourn for them and pray for the injured and families, and terrorism, religious hatred and intolerance must not win."
Terrified by the news that Christians in Sri Lanka were attacked and killed during Easter feasts. We mourn for her and pray for the injured and the families. Terrorism, religious hatred and intolerance must not win.- Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) April 21, 2019
"To hate so much hate at the Easter festival" wrote Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Twitter. Easter is a feast of love that teaches us that hatred on our part can never be the solution.
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin condemned the attacks as "a heinous crime." They also applied to those who prayed on Easter Sunday, he wrote on Twitter. "We are all children of God, an attack on a religion is an attack on all of us."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also condemned the attacks. "This is an attack on all humanity," he wrote on Twitter. On behalf of Turkey, he expresses his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen condemned the attacks. They are a barbaric act, he wrote on Twitter. "Our compassion and our thoughts are with the injured and friends of the victims."