Sri Lanka bombings: UNSC condemns 'heinous and cowardly' terror attack

A view of St Sebastian’s Church damaged in a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, on Sunday | Photo: Reuters

United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned the "heinous" and "cowardly" terrorist attacks that shook Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

The organisation also underlined the need to hold the "perpetrators" responsible for the attacks accountable.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the series of heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian's in Negambo, Zion Church in Batticaloa, the Shangri-La, Cinammon Grand, and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo, as well as three explosions across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, which resulted in nearly 300 killed and hundreds more wounded," TASS quoted UNSC statement.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Sri Lanka and all other relevant authorities in this regard," the statement read.

Several countries including India, Unites States and the United Kingdom have condemned the attacks.

Eight explosions rattled various suburbs of Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Negombo, Kochchikade and Batticaloa as the Christian community celebrated Easter Sunday. around 300 people have died while more than 560 people have been injured. Out of the deceased, around 31 people have been identified as foreigners, reported CNN.

Sri Lankan authorities have begun an investigation into the worst violence Sri Lanka has seen since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. So far 24 arrests in connection with the explosions have been made.

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