Sri Lanka condemns serial bombings in Assam

November 1st, 2008 - 12:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Nov 1 (IANS) Sri Lanka Saturday condemned the multiple bomb blasts in India’s northeastern state of Assam that claimed 77 lives and said the perpetrators had designed them “in the most cowardly and cruellest possible manner”.Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in a statement extended “the heartfelt condolences of all Sri Lankans to those bereaved by these attacks and expressed hope that the challenge posed by the terrorists will be met with resolve”.

“It is with great distress that we in Sri Lanka have learnt of the bomb blasts on October 30 in several locations of the Indian state of Assam. The terrorist perpetrators of these blasts have designed them in the most cowardly and cruellest possible manner, by targeting innocent civilians in a serial sequence,” Bogollagama said.

Underscoring the resolution of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that terrorism is a major threat to all civilised societies and to democracy, and its determination to combat the menace with greater resolve, the foreign minister expressed confidence that the law enforcement authorities “will soon bring the perpetrators to justice”.

Assam was rocked by a wave of bombings - 12 blasts in quick succession - six in Guwahati, and six in the three western districts of Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon Thursday afternoon - leaving at least 77 people dead and over 300 injured.

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