Lanka condemns Karachi terrorist attack

epa04745836 Relatives of victims who were killed when unknown assailants opened fire at a bus that was carrying members of Ismaili Shia community, cry outside a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, 13 May 2015. Gunmen on motorbikes opened fire at a bus carrying members of a minority community in southern Pakistan on 13 May, killing at least 43 people including over a dozen women and injuring more than 15, a news report said. According to security officials more than a dozen gunmen armed with automatic weapons intercepted the bus carrying passengers from the Ismaili community in the port city of Karachi and sprayed it with bullets. Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, with a population of nearly 20 million, has been the frequent scene of sectarian attacks.  EPA/SHAHZAIB AKBER

Sri Lanka denounced in the strongest terms, today’s terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi, killing innocent civilians and injuring many.

The Government said that firing on men, women and children while they were on their way to participate in religious observances displays a brutality of unimaginable proportions.

“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,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

The statement said that Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and expresses support for all efforts to combat this scourge. (Colombo Gazette)