The President of the Assembly of the Republic today expressed “absolute condemnation” for the “vile and repugnant attacks” that occurred in Sri Lanka and killed more than 200 people, including a Portuguese citizen.
In a message to Karu Jayasuriya, a colleague of the Socialist Democratic Party of Sri Lanka, Ferro Rodrigues said that the attacks “challenge the values and the model of society, based on respect for freedom, democracy and fundamental rights.”
“The bomb attacks that struck several churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa this morning, causing more than two hundred deaths and an expressive number of wounded, deserve our absolute condemnation,” reads the missive of the second figure of the Portuguese State.
In his name and in the Portuguese parliament, Ferro Rodrigues addressed the “deepest sorrow” and “solidarity with the families of the victims, the authorities and the people of Sri Lanka“, as well as “the relatives and friends of the Portuguese citizen who lost life in the bomb attacks this morning. ”
Eight explosions killed at least 207 people, including a Portuguese resident in Viseu, and killed 450 people.
The capital of the country, Colombo, has been targeted by at least five explosions: four in luxury hotels and one in a church.
Two other churches were also targeted, one in Negombo, north of the capital and where there is a strong Catholic presence, and another in the eastern part of the country.
The eighth and last explosion took place in a villa complex in the Dermatagoda area.
The first six explosions occurred “almost simultaneously” at 08:45 local time (03:15 in Portugal), according to police sources quoted by international agencies.
Sri Lankan authorities have announced the arrest of eight suspected suspects of involvement in the attacks, with early investigations pointing to suicide bombers resulting in at least six of the blasts.
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have already lamented the attacks and expressed regret for the death of the Portuguese citizen.