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Maldives condemns 'cowardly acts of terrorism' in Sri Lanka blasts

21 April 2019, MVT 13:27
An ambulance is seen outside the church premises with gathered people and security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)
21 April 2019, MVT 13:27

The government of Maldives expressed deep shock and concern over the reports of multiple explosions in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Sunday.

In a statement strongly condemning the "cowardly acts of terrorism", Maldives declared that it stands shoulder to shoulder with the government and people of Sri Lanka during this difficult time of national crisis and grief.

The statement extended heartfelt condolences and prayers, on behalf of the government and people of Maldives, for everyone affected by the heinous attacks.

The government added that it is closely monitoring the status of Maldivians in Colombo, and urged the Maldivian community to contact the following hotlines for information, enquiries and consular assistance:

- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives: +960 7983400

- Embassy of Maldives, Colombo: +9472727702, +94766942654

Explosions in three churches and three hotels in and around the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo early Sunday resulted in hundreds of injuries and deaths. The Maldivian community strongly condemned the attacks and extended condolences to the victims.

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