Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose country has in recent years faced terror attacks, says he has “received with shock and indignation” the news of the “dastardly terrorist” attacks in Sri Lanka which killed at least 138 people and wounded more than 400 others.
The President on Easter Sunday sent his heartfelt condolences to President Maithripala Sirisena, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka following what he described as the “heinous and cowardly” attacks on innocent people who were attending Easter Church Service and others celebrating the holiday in Hotels.
“President Kenyatta condemns in the strongest terms the deadly attack and assures the Government and the people of Sri Lanka that Kenya stands with them during this difficult time,” the statement from the Kenyan presidency seen by ChimpReports reads in part.
Unknown attackers set off at least seven explosives on Easter Sunday morning at three churches and four hotels.
Two of the churches targeted were Catholic and one was an evangelical church.
The first blast hit St. Anthony’s Catholic Shrine in Kochchikade, a district north of the capital Colombo, causing heavy casualties.
Dozens of people died at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Negombo, another district north of Colombo.
The targeted evangelical church was in Batticaloa in Eastern Province, where more than two dozen people were killed.
The explosions struck within a short period of time, all targeting the faithful as Easter services were beginning.
Four hotels bombed
At around the same time on Sunday morning, blasts struck four hotels in Colombo, including the Shangri-La Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand.
At least nine foreigners were killed in Sunday’s attacks.
“On behalf of the Government and the people of Kenya and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest condolences and sympathies to you, your esteemed Government, the families of the victims and the people of Sri Lanka,” President Kenyatta said in a message to the President of Sri Lanka.
“Excellency, we have faced mindless terrorist massacres in our own country and we stand with our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in prayer during this difficult period. We pledge our total support to your Government in working together to fight the evil of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” President Kenyatta added.
The Head of State urged the world to join hands in the fight against terrorism, terms it an evil and a terrible scourge that should be wiped out completely from the face of the earth.