This Easter Sunday (April 21), Sri Lanka woke up to a series of explosions at churches and hotels in the country. Over 359 people have been reportedly killed, and more than 600 injured in the deadliest terror attack in recent times in the island nation. The Sri Lankan police confirmed that terrorists attacked three churches and three hotels, including the Shangri-la hotel in Kingsbury, Colombo, and the St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade. The church attacks occurred around 9 am when devotees had gathered for mass on the occasion of Easter Sunday.
Bollywood celebrities condemned the Sri Lanka blasts, in messages on Twitter. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez, who was Miss Sri Lanka and is now an established actress in Bollywood, tweeted, "Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It's unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop!"
Other Bollywood celebrities like legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, directors Madhur Bhandarkar, Shekhar Kapur, and Kunal Kohli, actors Vivek Oberoi, Kamal Haasan, Siddharth and Boman Irani. Actresses Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Swara Bhasker, Huma Qureshi, Dia Mirza and Raveena Tandon also expressed shock and grief over the serial blasts in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the "horrific" incident.
Cricketer Virat Kohli also condemned the blasts, saying, "Shocked to hear the news coming in from Sri Lanka. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. #PrayForSriLanka."
Alia Bhatt said on Twitter, "Heartbroken at the news from Sri Lanka. Why do innocent people have to die? What is the point of all this meaningless violence? If only all this energy went into bringing peace, it would unite the world rather than dividing it."
Lata Mangeshkar tweeted, "I am deeply saddened to see the appalling attack in Sri Lanka. My heart goes out to the people there and I share their grief. Praying for peace to prevail."
Priyanka Chopra said on Twitter, "Heartbreaking scenes from #Srilanka. A day of celebration turned into one of tremendous loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by these horrific attacks."
Madhur Bhandarkar said on Twitter, "It's a extremely shameful act of terrorism to attack innocent civilians. My heartfelt condolences to the one who lost their lives and praying for the safety of everyone affected in #SriLanka. Stay Strong!"
Vivek Oberoi tweeted, "Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic and terrible attacks in #SriLanka. An act of cowardice on a day of prayer, shame on these terrorists. My sincere prayers with the victims and their families. We are all with you #SriLanka. Please stay safe."
Parineeti Chopra said on Twitter, "Could never have thought a quiet country like #Srilanka could be attacked like this. What is the world coming to? Thinking of all the families affected. All my love and prayers always ..."
Kamal Haasan, actor and politician, said, "Violence can never be the final solution to human disagreements. Ironic that the island that spawned the word serendipity is not able to find it. My deepest sympathies to those affected by the bombs in Srilanka. The government should be impartial and swift in rendering Justice."
Huma Qureshi expressed sadness, saying, "What a sad day !! To attack families and children going to church on #EasterSunday ??!!! This is terrible ... what is happening to our world ??? #SriLanka."
Siddharth tweeted, "What a tragic Easter Sunday. The devil knows no mercy. To attack families and children when they are most vulnerable... This is beyond comprehension. #PrayForSriLanka."
Director Kunal Kohli said, "Heart goes out to the people of #srilanka. Another cowardly terrorist attack. #Wearewithyousrilanka 80 Injured In Six Blasts In Sri Lanka Churches And Hotels On Easter."
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tweeted, "While condemning the serial bomb attack in #Colombo, we express our solidarity with the people of #SriLanka and the families of the victims. Let's pray that they have the strength to move through this tough time."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed solidarity with Sri Lanka. He said on Twitter, "Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured."
Swara Bhasker tweeted, "Heartbreaking & tragic news from #SriLanka Curses upon the monsters who carried out this inhumanity! On a joyous festive day! What is the world coming to????? Prayers & strength to the victims & families.. #SriLankaTerrorAttack."
Raghava Lawrence, choreographer, actor and filmmaker, said, "My heart and prayers are with the ones who got affected in the tragic incident happened in #SriLanka. God be with u all !!! Raghavendra swami gives strength to all to recover from this incident. #SpreadHumanity #PrayForSrilanka".
Boman Irani said on Twitter, "Shocked to hear the extremely disturbing news coming in from #SriLanka. Had stayed at the hotels & it's heartbreaking to even imagine the situation. My heartfelt condolences to the near & dear ones of those who lost their lives & praying for a speedy recovery of the ones injured."
Shekhar Kapur tweeted, "Latest reports say 150 people killed in SriLanka in terrorist attacks on Churches, Hotels. While none has admitted to this, it was a well coordinated attack at Easter. When Churches were full. Terrorism remains our number 1 global enemy. No one, nowhere is safe #SriLankaBlasts".
Dia Mirza said, "My heart goes out to #Srilanka. Thoughts and prayers for all the families who have lost their loved one's... #SrilankaBlast".
Raveena Tandon expressed shock over the polarisation. She said, "polarisation on twitter over #SriLankaTerrorAttack is saddening disgusting.While communists/leftliberals #lalsalaam hysterically ranting insinuating "hinduterror"while in same breath claiming terror has no religion,while rightwing extremist gleefully gloating on a "I told you so"".
Heartbroken at the news from Sri Lanka. Why do innocent people have to die? What is the point of all this meaningless violence? If only all this energy went into bringing peace, it would unite the world rather than dividing it.
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) 21 April 2019
Violence can never be the final solution to human disagreements. Ironic that the island that spawned the word serendipity is not able to find it. My deepest sympathies to those affected by the bombs in Srilanka. The government should be impartial and swift in rendering Justice.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 21, 2019
Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It's unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop ! — Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) April 21, 2019
Heartbreaking scenes from #Srilanka. A day of celebration turned into one of tremendous loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by these horrific attacks.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) 21 April 2019