At least 310 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of apparently coordinated attacks across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

A woman reacts next to two coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka. April 23, 2019.
A woman reacts next to two coffins during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, at a cemetery near St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka. April 23, 2019. (Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters)

World leaders stood united in their condemnation of a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, including dozens of foreigners – with Turkish, Dutch and Chinese among them.

The bombs ripped through high-end hotels in Colombo and churches in and outside the capital holding Easter services.

Here is a summary of global reactions:

United Nations

The president of the United Nations General Assembly has expressed "sorrow and solidarity" after the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces paused to offer her condolences as the assembly opened a meeting at UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

She strongly condemned Sunday's attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.


Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday.

"I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely today, Easter, brought mourning and pain to churches and other places where people were gathered in Sri Lanka," Francis said in his traditional Easter Sunday "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message.

"I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence."

Archbishop of Colombo

Sri Lanka's most senior Catholic figure called on the government to find the attackers and "punish them mercilessly".

"I would also like to ask the government to hold a very impartial strong inquiry and find out who is responsible behind this act and also to punish them mercilessly, because only animals can behave like that," Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the attack "an assault on all of humanity."

In comments posted on Twitter, Erdogan offered his condolences to families of the victims and to the people of Sri Lanka.

“This barbaric attack in Sri Lanka once again demonstrated the need for a decisive fight against all kinds of terrorism,” Erdogan said in a separate statement Sunday.

Erdogan also expressed his solidarity with Sri Lanka against terrorism.

New Zealand 

Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the "devastating" attacks.

In a statement, Ardern referred to the March 15 shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch in which 50 died.

"New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil," Ardern said.

"New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely," she added. 


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was thinking of those killed in a "horrific terrorist attack".

"To the beautiful people of Sri Lanka, Australia sends its heartfelt sympathies and our prayers and our support – and our offer to do whatever we can to support you in this terrible time of need," he said in a statement.

"At this time as Easter Sunday draws to a conclusion here in Australia, our heart goes out to those Christians and all of those other innocents who have been slaughtered today in this horrific terrorist attack."

United Kingdom 

British Prime Minister Teresa May has condemned what she called the "truly appalling" attacks in Sri Lanka.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote a letter of condolence to Sri Lanka's president.

"It is shocking that people who had gathered to celebrate Easter were the deliberate target of vicious attacks," she said.

"We're horrified by the news that Christians in Sri Lanka were attacked and killed during Easter services," wrote Merkel's spokesperson on Twitter. "We mourn them and pray for the injured and their family members."


The archbishop of Paris and parishioners of fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral are mourning the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

Archbishop Michel Aupetit tweeted: "Why so much hate on this day when we celebrate love? On this Easter day, we are in communion with our murdered brethren of Sri Lanka.

Aupetit celebrated Easter Mass for worshippers displaced from normal services at Notre Dame because of Monday's fire.

United States

President Donald Trump has called the prime minister of Sri Lanka to express condolences for Easter attacks that killed nearly 300 people.

President Donald Trump earlier tweeted the US was ready to help the "great people of Sri Lanka".

In an earlier tweet, which has since been deleted, he mistakenly said "138 million" people were killed in the attacks.


Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet that Pakistan "stands in complete solidarity" with Sri Lanka. 


India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the terror attack and said his country stands with the people of Sri Lanka. 

European Union

"It was with horror and sadness that I heard of the bombings in Sri Lanka costing the lives of so many people. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims who had gathered to worship peacefully or come to visit this beautiful country. We stand ready to support," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Twitter.

Gulf Arab nations 

Three Gulf Arab nations have condemned the bombings.

Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates all issued statements via their foreign ministries over the attack.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies