‘No place for barbarism in our region’ – India’s Modi on church attacks in neighboring Sri Lanka

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the series of deadly explosions that rocked several Sri Lankan Catholic churches and five-star hotels on Sunday. The attacks claimed more than 150 lives.

“Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” Modi wrote on Twitter, adding that India stands in solidarity with the Sri Lankan people.

The blasts happened in three packed Catholic churches just as worshipers were attending Easter Sunday Masses. Three luxury hotels were also targeted in what is believed to be a series of coordinated attacks. More than 150 people were killed during the blasts, and hundreds were injured, police say.

India and Sri Lanka enjoy strong historic and cultural ties. India is home to around 70 million Tamil people, while the island of Sri Lanka has a sizeable Tamil minority. In 1987-1990, India deployed a peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka during a long-lasting conflict between Tamil insurgents and the central government.

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