Lanka condemns Indian bomb blasts
[October 31, 2005 - 5.30 GMT]
Government in a message condemning the terror attack on the Indian
capital said ‘it was deeply distressed to learn of the bomb blasts’. The
explosions in New Delhi on
Saturday evening caused significant casualties. The Government
announcement said ‘this terrorist violence is even more outrageous and
horrific since it appears to have been targeted entirely at the civilian
population, even as they were preparing for Deepawali and Eid, which are
two significant religious festivals in India, as it is in Sri Lanka’.
Sri Lanka High Commission in
New Delhi has reported that is has not received
any information as yet of any Sri Lankan casualties.
High Commission is continuing to monitor the developments and is in
contact with Indian authorities to obtain further information in this
regard. A specially designated officer from
New Delhi High Commission is
visiting hospitals that are treating casualties, in order to ascertain
if any Sri Lankan nationals were caught up in the blasts.
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Date: October 31, 2005 - 5.30 GMT