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Archbishop of Colombo urges Sri Lankans not to take "law into their own hands"

The Archbishop of Colombo has urged Sri Lankans not to take the law into their own hands in response to today's string of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.

In a statement today, the Archbishop of Colombo said, “it’s a very, very sad day for all of us.

I wish to therefore express my deepest sorrow and sympathy to all those innocent families that have lost someone and also to those who have been injured and rendered destitute. 

I would like to call upon all to pray that all those who are injured may be healed soon and that all these families who have lost someone may be consoled.

I condemn with my utmost capacity this act that has caused so much of death and suffering to the people. I ask all our Sri Lankan people not to take the law into their own hands and to maintain peace and harmony in this country. I also ask those who are able, to donate blood in order to help these people who are injured and I also appeal to the doctors to please help us."

Over 200 people have been killed in Batticoloa and Colombo, including 27 foreign citizens. in attacks targetting several churches and international hotels, 

An indefinite island wide curfew has been declared by the Ministry of Defence.