The government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemned the terrorist attack yesterday at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan killing over 125 people including 84 children and injuring more than 100 others.
"This dastardly attack reflects the brutality of the perpetrators particularly targeting school children. The brazen and inhumane manner in which this heinous attack was carried out at a seat of learning is particularly shocking," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was horrified to learn of the Peshawar terrorist attack and condemned targeting of children.
"Horrified to learn of the Peshawar terrorist attack. Targeting of children is most cowardice. Our thoughts & prayers are with Pakistan. -MR," the President said in a twitter message.
Gunmen of the Taliban group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan stormed the Army Public School Tuesday morning in the worst attack in Pakistan in years. Most of the victims were students in the first through 10th grades.
Sri Lanka, which has suffered immensely under the scourge of terrorism for almost three decades, said it shares the pain and anguish of the people of Pakistan at this time of unspeakable grief.
"The Government and people of Sri Lanka extend heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved and offer prayers to find strength in coping with this tragedy and wish those injured a speedy recovery. The resilience of the Government and people of Pakistan would undoubtedly strengthen their resolve to annihilate terrorism in that country. "
Sri Lanka said "consolidating global peace and security requires the firm commitment of the international community to interdict terrorist activities and intensify cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."
Reiterating its own strong commitment to this effort Sri Lanka said it stands in solidarity with Pakistan's fight against terrorism.