The secretary general of the world’s largest organisation of Muslim nations has condemned the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s chief Yousef al-Othaimeen described them as “cowardly attacks” that targeted innocent worshippers and civilians. Some 57 nations are part of the OIC, which is headquartered in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia also denounced the six nearly simultaneous attacks and described them as “terrorist explosions,” saying the kingdom extends its condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Sri Lanka.
- Eight blasts hit locations including churches and hotels across Sri Lanka, leaving at least 207 people dead and 450 injured
- Congregations were taking part in Easter Sunday services at the churches when the blasts hit
- The five-star Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the heart of Colombo were targeted
- The death toll could rise significantly as hospitals report casualty figures. At least 27 foreigners are known to have died
- At least seven people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, officials say