Sri Lanka denounces in the strongest terms, yesterday’s (May 13) terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi, killing innocent civilians and injuring many.
Firing on men, women and children while they were on their way to participate in religious observances displays a brutality of unimaginable proportions, stated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka.
At least 41 people from minority Shia Ismaili community were killed and several others injured after eight gunmen entered their bus and opened fire in Karachi.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this deplorable violence. We stand firmly with the Government and people of Pakistan in their hour of grief and wish those who were injured, a quick recovery, the statement added.
Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses support for all efforts to combat this scourge, it further stated.
“Eight armed men on motorcycles opened fire on a bus at Safoora Chorangi, Gulistan-e-Johar area of Karachi, killing at least 41 passengers,” The Hindu reported quoting a police official.
The death toll could further rise as about 20 others are seriously injured. The injured and dead were shifted to various hospitals by rescue workers.
The passengers were travelling from Al-Azhar Garden area of the city to their place of worship near Aysha Manzil, the police added.
The attack came a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Kabul and declared that enemies of Afghanistan are also enemies of Pakistan.