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Muslims in Bermuda condemn Sri Lanka attacks

St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, which was targeted in an explosion yesterday (Photograph by Chamila Karunarathne/AP)

The Muslim community in Bermuda condemned deadly attacks in Colombo yesterday.

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more were hurt in eight explosions at churches and hotels.

A spokesman said: “The Muslim communities in Bermuda strongly condemn the violent acts carried out in Colombo, more so those against the places of worship of our Christian brothers on their day of their Easter celebration.

“We offer them our condolences and mourn the tremendous loss of lives.

“We wish the hundreds of injured speedy and full recovery. We extend the same to the Sri Lankan community in Bermuda. All religions preach peace, harmony and Justice. We pray that the authorities will identify and prosecute all those responsible.”

At least 207 people were killed and 450 hurt in the explosions at churches during Easter services and at luxury hotels in the Sri Lanka capital. The vast majority of victims are thought to be Sri Lankan nationals.

Most of the attacks are thought to have been carried out by suicide bombers. Thirteen people have been arrested.

The attacks are the deadliest seen in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war in 2009.

Sri Lanka’s biggest religious group is Theravada Buddhism, which makes up more than 70 per cent of the population. Hindus and Muslims comprise another 20 per cent, while the country has about 1.5 million Christians.