Poland strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, there were eight explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, local media reported. /PAP/EPA

Poland strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out in Sri Lanka, condemns all manifestations of terrorism and violence, Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website on Sunday.

The ministry also conveyed condolences to the families, and close ones of Sri Lanka attacks victims.

At the same time, Poland's diplomatic and consular services verify and collect information on the possible presence of Poles among victims of Sri Lanka Easter explosions,  the ministry's spokesman Ewa Suwara told PAP.

Suwara said the  procedure will take time, and for now the ministry has no confirmed information about any Poles affected. "We are in contact with the authorities on the spot,»  she stressed.

She added that the ministry appeals to all Poles staying there to take caution. "We are asking the Poles who are on the spot to let their relatives know that they are safe," ministry's spokesperson said.

In Sri Lanka, there were eight explosions targeting churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, local media reported.

There are discrepancies in the number of victims of all blasts.

While the EFE agency, quoting a spokesman for the Sri Lankan police, Ruwan Gunasekara reported that at least 185 people were killed in explosions, other news agencies, also citing police, report 158 fatalities.

The number of injured is given at around 470 people.

Thirty-five of the fatalities are reportedly foreigners. Their nationality has not been revealed.

The local media reports said the churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa cities as well as Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and Shangri La hotels in the capital Colombo, as well as a site near Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia and a house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda were all  hit by bomb attacks.

Sources in Sri Lankan security services reported that probably at least two of the blasts were the work of suicide bombers.