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Macron, Merkel condemn Sri Lanka attacks as odious acts

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 21, 2019, 04.32 PM (IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday condemned a series of coordinated bomb attacks which rocked Sri Lanka and killed over 160 people.

"We strongly condemn these odious acts," Macron wrote on Twitter. "Full solidarity with the Sri Lanka people and our thoughts for all those close to the victims this Easter."

"It is shocking that people who gathered to celebrate Easter together were consciously targeted in this malicious attack," Merkel said in a condolence telegram published by a spokeswoman on Twitter.

Sri Lanka on Sunday afternoon was rocked by eight blasts targeting luxury hotels and churches in the capital city Colombo.

The blasts occurred at around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches.

So far, over 200 are reportedly dead and around 400 people are severely injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs also condemned the explosions.

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'We strongly condemn these odious acts,' Macron wrote on Twitter. 'Full solidarity with the Sri Lanka people and our thoughts for all those close to the victims this Easter.'